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Minor damage reported in Jamaica after island hit by outer bands of Hurricane Matthew

Jamaica government discontinues tropical storm warning

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The government of Jamaica discontinued a tropical storm warning for the island on Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center said.

Residents in Kingston let out sighs of relief as only minor damage was reported in the country after the outer bands of Hurricane Matthew caused large waves to crash the coast.

Tuesday's focus was on cleaning sand that was thrown onto the street, along with dirt and debris that the rain washed down the road.

Traffic was down to one lane on some parts of the island during heavy rainfall. A bulldozer was called in at one point to help drivers get through.

"I clean up the roadways so people can pass properly," Dwayne Paisley said. "Some of the rain caused it to run out."

Dark clouds still hovered over the city of Kingston Tuesday afternoon near the mountains.

Stores have reopened, but schools remained closed on Tuesday.