Kingston - Tropical Storm Gustav lashed Jamaica Thursday, tearing roofs off buildings and uprooting trees while bringing heavy rains. Local officials ordered the evacuation of low-lying areas as forecasters warned of floods and landslides. The airport in Kingston was closed and buses stopped operation. Word on the coffee crop is still early but it cannot be good considering Tropical Storm Fay also visited the island last week.
The Cayman Islands are next in the slow-moving Gustav's itinerary today and a hurricane watch is in effect there. The latest death count from the storm is 51 in Haiti and eight in the Dominican Republic.
Coffee traders continue to monitor action of Tropical Storm Gustav, though for now, little potential for damage to the coffee stocks in New Orleans warehouses is seen, sources said.