Twelve people killed by ‘Nicole’ in Jamaica

| 01/10/2010

(Reuters): Jamaica’s death toll from Tropical Storm Nicole rose to twelve on Thursday as forecasters warned the storm’s remains could hit the US Atlantic Coast from the Carolinas to New England. Nicole was a minimal tropical storm for just six hours on Wednesday, but the broad, ragged system poured heavy rain onto Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Cuba, south Florida and the Bahamas. In Jamaica, three days of torrential rain from the system caused flash flooding that killed a dozen people. Eight more were missing and feared dead. In the latest casualties, three construction workers died when a storm-weakened wall collapsed on them early Thursday.

The men were sleeping inside the half-finished house they were building in the affluent Norbrook Heights section of Kingston, police said. Part of the house collapsed under the weight of rain from the storm, police said. Frantic neighbours led them to the site, where the men were heard screaming. Their bodies were found soon afterward. "This is devastating. They died in a terrible way. They had little chance of survival," a neighbour woman said.
Tuesday and Wednesday, three pedestrians were swept away by rising water and six members of one family died when their house collapsed in a flood.
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  1. Anonymous says:

    This article is so inaccurate its not funny…

  2. Anonymous says:

    CNS so far we have only confirmed 8 deaths. Sources: JIS, Observer and The Gleaner.