Tropical Storm Watch
Published 5th August 2012, 11:18am
At 10 a.m. on Sunday August 5th, Tropical Storm Ernesto was located near Latitude 15.0N and Longitude 77.1W or about 200 miles South of Kingston, Jamaica. Minimum central pressure is 1006 MB. Maximum sustained are near 50 MPH with higher gusts. Tropical storm force winds extend outwards approximately 125 miles.
THE CAYMAN ISLANDS GOVERNMENT HAS ISSUED A TROPICAL STORM WATCH FOR GRAND CAYMAN.
A TROPICAL STORM WATCH MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN THE WATCH AREA...IN THIS CASE WITHIN 24 TO 48 HOURS.
Ernesto is currently heading West near 23 miles per hour. This motion is expected to continue today and tonight with a decrease in forward speed. Some strengthening is possible as the storm moves across the Western Caribbean Sea. On the forecast track the centre of Ernesto is expected to pass South of the Cayman Islands on Monday.
Tropical Storm Conditions are possible in Grand Cayman tonight and early Monday.
The closest point of approach to the Cayman Islands from the centre of Ernesto is currently forecast to be over 200 miles away. However the effects of Ernesto from this distance are rough seas (dangerous at times) on the south coast and gusty winds. Not much rainfall is currently forecast.
A small craft warning will go into effect beginning on Monday with wave heights of 5 to 7 feet expected for Monday and Tuesday.
The Core Group of the National Hazard Management Council will meet at around 4.30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon and at that time a decision will be made by the Deputy Governor regarding whether or not Government offices will open on Monday. Following the meeting, the decision will then be communicated through Radio Cayman and other media sources and also posted on the Cayman Prepared website.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF THIS STORM.
ALL RESIDENTS ARE URGED TO STAY TUNED TO THE LOCAL MEDIA FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION.