Sunday: Warning Continues
Published 19th August 2007, 10:8am
Key Message: The hurricane warning continues for the Cayman Islands today (Sunday, 18 August), having been declared by Cayman's National Hurricane Committee (NHC) last night. The warning stage means that the Islands can expect to start experiencing tropical storm or hurricane conditions within 24 hours. At 7 o'clock this morning (Cayman time) the centre of Hurricane Dean was located near latitude 16.8 north, longitude 74.3 west, or about 180 miles east-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica, and about 494 miles from Grand Cayman. Dean is moving west-northwest near 18 mph, a general motion expected to continue over the next 24 hours. On its present track, the hurricane's outer bands are about to affect Jamaica and the core of the storm will near that island later today. Maximum sustained winds are near 145 mph with higher gusts. Dean remains an extremely dangerous category four hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center, and tropical force winds extend outward up to 205 miles. The minimum central pressure is 921 MB, 27.20 inches. The NHC is scheduled to meet today at 10:30 a.m., and further announcements will follow. Details of Weather System: Latitude:16.8 north Longitude:74.3 west Proximity: 180 miles east-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica Maximum sustained wind speed: 145 mph (230 km per hour) with higher gusts Further information: Following the 10:30 a.m. NHC meeting today (Sunday, 19 August).