Hurricane Dean is barreling through the Caribbean.
The Category-4 storm which is expected to get stronger is already being blamed for eight deaths.
There is still some uncertainty about Dean's path.
But residents along Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and the Texas coast aren't taking any chances.
The most powerful hurricane of the season thus far spared Jamaica a direct hit--- Dean's eye passed just about 50 miles to the south of Kingston. The Category-4 storm is packing wind gusts up to 145 MPH.
Seas lashed at the coast. Flash floods and mudslides closed roads marooning motorists. Some people were forced to flee.
The prime minister ordered all firemen and policemen back to work.
She made a last-minute appeal for residents to seek shelter, and many heeded her call leaving low-lying areas and houses that cannot withstand hurricane-force winds.
Workers went door to door trying to coax people---especially those with children---to evacuate before it was too late.
Some would not budge.
Hurricane Dean has already claimed eight lives as it churns through the Caribbean.
He's expected to dump 20 inches of rain in Jamaica before continuing west to the Cayman Islands and Yucatan Peninsula.