To round off this Gilbert remembrance week we revisit Titus, Sleepy and Myrtle in their episode of Titus in Town called “Kilbert” for this edition of Jamaican Echoes’ Blast from the Past post.
When it seemed as if Jamaicans would be eating bully beef for the rest of 1988 and forever sweeping out water from their homes after hurricane Gilbert’s passage, Lloyd Lovindeer reminded us of the perfect remedy for such miserable situations: “Tek bad tings mek joke!”
Today marks the 22nd anniversary of one of the worst hurricane disasters in Jamaica’s history: Hurricane Gilbert. Gilbert made landfall on the east coast of Jamaica at 10.00 a.m. on Monday, September 12. As it began its passage over the island the eye measured about 15 miles across (colossal!), while wind speeds, recorded in the Kingston Metropolitan Area (KMA), averaged 75 mph, gusting to nearly 150 mph and producing a 9-foot storm surge along Jamaica’s northeast coast. This made Gilbert a dangerous category 4 hurricane on the Saffir Simpson scale.
The annual six-month long Atlantic hurricane season begins today, Tuesday, June 1, 2010. The United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Centre predicts an “active to extremely active” hurricane season. What does this mean for Jamaica and the Caribbean on a whole: PREPARE!!!