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Published 20th October 2010, 10:12am

Weather charts indicate that the broad area of low pressure covering the northwest Caribbean is becoming better organized. In response, the National Hurricane Center in Miami Florida has increased the possibility of a tropical depression forming over the northwest Caribbean.

Satellite pictures show a large area of heavy thunderstorms moving into the Cayman area in association with this system. Weather predictions and rainfall models indicate that another 2 to 4 inches are likely during the next 24 hours. Flooding of low lying areas is expected during the next 24 hours and residents should take necessary precautions.

The CI National Weather Service is continuing to monitor the progress and development of this system. All residents are urged to stay tuned to the local media for further updates.

Weather conditions for the Cayman area can be found in the local weather forecast.

The next bulletin will be issued 4 p.m. today.

Published 21st October 2011, 5:46pm

The National Hurricane Center is monitoring an area of low pressure east of Nicaragua.

Associated shower and thunderstorm activity has become better organised and there is a high chance that a tropical depression could form during the weekend. Little forward motion is expected in the short term, but a slow drift to the north is expected to begin on Sunday. Residents should closely monitor the Cayman Islands National Weather Service for updates.

Hurricane season concludes at the end of November and past hurricane impacts show that damaging cyclones can and do form to the south of Cayman, particularly at this time of year. Residents should ensure that their disaster kit and disaster plans are up to date and ready, and maintain a high state of preparedness.

A small craft warning is currently in effect for the Cayman Islands and the five day forecast product issued by the National Weather Service indicates that seas are expected to remain rough, except for on Sunday, when seas should be slight with wave heights of 2 to 3 feet.