Hurricane Dean Continues Forecast Path
Published 17th August 2007, 11:26pm
The Cayman Islands remains under a hurricane alert, as Hurricane Dean continues on its forecast path. The National Hurricane Committee (NHC) anticipates issuing a statement tomorrow morning, based on the overnight position. The issue of the alert signifies that the Cayman Islands could begin experiencing storm or hurricane conditions within the next 48 hours. NHC advice to local population: As a result of the alert, all interests are urged to continue their preparedness and to monitor news reports closely. NHC subcommittees have placed members on alert, and the public is advised to continue taking stock of the status of their hurricane preparedness. At 10 p.m. tonight the centre of Hurricane Dean was located near latitude 14.9 north, and longitude 65.9 west, or about 755 miles (1210 km) east-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica, and about 240 miles (390 km) south of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Dean is moving towards the west near 18 mph (30 km per hour). This general motion is expected to continue during the next 24 hours. On this track the core of the hurricane will be moving well south of Puerto Rico tonight, and south of the Dominican Republic early Saturday. Maximum sustained winds are near 145 mph (230 km per hour) with higher gusts. Dean is a Category Four hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Some additional strengthening is forecast during the next 24 hours. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km) from the centre, and tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 205 miles (335 km). Estimated minimum central pressure is 937 millibars, 27.67 inches. Details of Weather System: Longitude: 65.9 Latitude: 14.9 Proximity: 755 miles(1210km) east-southeast of Jamaica Speed of system and direction of movement: westerly near 18mph (30 km per hour) Maximum sustained wind speed: near 145 mph (230 km per hour) Gusts: Higher Next update will be tomorrow morning.