A DAY OF REMEMBRANCE FOR HURRICANE GILBERT

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On this day 31 years ago one of the most devastating hurricanes hit Jamaica. It pounded the entire island, prompting then Prime Minister Edward Seaga to dramatically describe its effects: “like Hiroshima after the atom bomb.”
That is the horrible truth. Hurricane Gilbert entered Jamaica as a category three and left as a category five, with winds reaching up to 175 miles per hour and up to 823 millimetres of rainfall. It left immense damage and destruction, and 50 dead. Nothing comparable has ever happened here.