Hurricane Sandy brings torrential rain to Jamaica
Jamaicans have taken refuge in shelters and their homes as Hurricane Sandy sweeps across the island after making landfall near the capital, Kingston.
Heavy rains and sustained winds of 125km/h (80mph) are pounding the island, according to the National Hurricane Centre (NHC).
Schools and airports are closed, and a curfew has been imposed in major towns to keep people safe and deter looters.
Forecasters warned the category one hurricane could strengthen further.
James Kelly reports.