It looks like Jamaica was spared a direct hit by Ivan, and that is good news. It’s almost as though the island put up a shield and bounced the hurricane along the southern coast, until it cleared Negril, and continued its trek toward Cuba.
So, what made it do that? Water temperatures, maybe? I’m pretty sure there’s reefs around the island, and that could make for different water temperature.
Could it be winds blowing off the Blue Mountains? Dunno, but that could influence the storm’s path.
Regardless, the island still took on 155+ mph winds, and I’m sure it’ll be a disaster, but I’m equally sure that it’ll be less harmful than a direct hit.
Last night, Beck said prayers for the folks we met down, especially Faye whom we’ve seen on both trips. Kinda looks like they were answered.