'Hurricane Sandy' Update: Jamaica Braces Itself For A Full-Fledged Hurricane [VIDEO]

By Staff Writer on October 23, 2012 8:51 PM EDT

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Jamaica prepares itself for Tropical Storm Sandy to become a full-fledged hurricane. (Photo: Reuters / Gilbert Bellamy)

As Tropical Storm Sandy edges towards Jamaica's shores, scientists are now confirming their expectation that Sandy will hit Jamaica as a full-fledged hurricane once the storm makes landfall.

According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, Sandy's strengthening as it passes over the warmth of the Caribbean waters could increase the likelihood that, when the tropical storm makes landfall, it will do so as the first hit from a direct hurricane that the island nation has received since Hurricane Gilbert back almost twenty-five years ago.

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Tropical storm winds and sustained rains indicative of the prequel to the maelstrom are expected to hit the island as early as Tuesday evening.

Boxer Bryce, a citizen of the developing-class community of Standpipe, Kingston, told FOX that he and his family were preparing themselves for the worst.

"This is giving all of us a nervous feeling, old and young. I'm hoping the storm doesn't leave too many problems," said Bryce.

The Jamaican government issued an official hurricane warning early Tuesday morning, and communicated to its constituents that school would be closed on Wednesday.

Early estimations of Sandy's damage clock in at around 10 inches of rainfall, hitting the central and eastern parts of the island most severely.

For more coverage of Tropical Storm Sandy, and to track its progress, check out coverage on our sister journal here.

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