City clears out ahead of Harvey
GOVERNMENT OFFICES and some stores closed as early as 2:30 p.m. and the last Transport Board buses were due to leave Bridgetown at 5 p.m. yesterday as Tropical Storm Harvey approached, but City streets in the early afternoon lacked the expected hustle and bustle.
A WEEKEND NATION team observed people buying sno-cones as usual and strolling through Swan Street as though the island was not under a storm watch. Some even sat deep in conversation in Independence Square as late as 4:15 p.m.
Vendors selling fruits and vegetables and jewellery along High Street and Bridge Street were still pushing sales.
Apart from the early closures, the storm caused the postponement of a number of events, including today’s scheduled opening of CARIFESTA and the Democratic Labour Party’s annual conference.
The laid-back atmosphere on the streets was not matched in City supermarkets. Cherish Supermarket in Swan Street and Jordan’s Supermarket in Fairchild Street were crowded, though many shoppers standing in long lines, some with trolleys so full they had to hold some of the items in their hands, indicated that they were actually doing their usual grocery shopping. (SB)
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