Today in History: Hurricane Gilbert Slams Jamaica

On this day in 1988 Hurricane Gilbert slams Jamaica killing hundreds of people.

The storm went on to cause death and destruction in Mexico and spur a batch of tornadoes in Texas.

On September 10, Gilbert attained hurricane status west of the Dominican Republic.

Gaining strength, Gilbert slid past Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti, heading straight for Jamaica.

On September 12, the now Category 5 hurricane devastated Jamaica. With a 40-mile-wide eye, the hurricane covered the entire island.

The tin roofs that covered most homes were no match for the winds.

About 80 percent of the island’s homes were seriously damaged and approximately 500,000 of the country’s 2 million people were left homeless.

Nearly every home on the island lost electricity. Worst of all, more than 200 people lost their lives.

A spate of tornadoes on the edge of Gilbert killed 3 people in Texas.

 

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