Hurricane Sandy is already pounding Jamaica with heavy rain and wind and is expected to make landfall late on Wednesday Jamaica, pounding the island with heavy rain.
Schools and businesses are closed. Authorities moved local living in low lying areas to shelters.
There was little activity on the streets of the capital, Kingston, as residents heeded the call by authorities to stay home.
Yvonne Nelson manages this shelter.
SOUNDBITE: Yvonne Nelson, Shelter Manager saying:
"We have blankets, we have cots, to come to give to people and make them comfortable and sometimes we give them clothes, because sometimes they come in and they are wet and they don't have anything to put on so we provide clothes for them."
Both airports have been closed and there are reports of flooded roads and mudslides.
Hurricane Sandy was centered is moving north with top sustained winds of 80 miles per hour.
Sandy reaches hurricane force as it nears Jamaica (1:00)
Oct. 24 - Hurricane Sandy approaches Jamaica, pounding the island with heavy rain. Deborah Gembara reports. ( Transcript )