Before the storms from Hurricane Matthew arrived, we knew it was going to be pretty bad. The weather took a while to show up as the storm just sat south of us for a few days, and the swell built up slowly with no major activity. But once it started coming up, it sent some heavy rains to sections of the island, causing flooding in parts of the capital city. In Jamaica, we are in the hurricane highway, so to speak. We are used to seeing storms sing by us, and because my family lives on the beach, we are used to seeing it get pretty wild.
We were in full hurricane watch once the system crossed over into the Caribbean. We weren't sure what category it would be when it got here, but it was expected to be huge. The projected path and all the forecasts had Matthew hitting the eastern end of the island, then traveling north from there. Flood watches, landslide watches, slippage watches — we were expecting the worst.