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One dead in Jamaica

At least one person in Jamaica died today as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

The incident occurred shortly after 1 p.m., when a boulder rolled onto his home, residents said.

It was not immediately clear if the man in his 70s, identified only as Scotty, was actually hit by the boulder, which was the size of a small truck, but residents who rushed to the scene said he was bleeding from his ears and his mouth.

At the same time, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management said more than 1,064 people had moved into emergency shelters across the country. Two hundred and thirteen were children.

The ODPEM expects more people to use their shelters as the rains continue throughout the night.

Meanwhile, the Jamaica Public Service is reporting that about 70 per cent of its customers were without electricity this evening.

The severe weather conditions, which include strong winds and heavy rainfall, have downed poles and power lines particularly in the parishes of Portland, St. Mary, St. Ann, St. Thomas, St. James, Westmoreland and Hanover.

JPS said its technical teams remain on standby to respond to emergency reports such as fires as long as the weather conditions permitted.

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