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Tropical Storm Ernesto August 5 - 04:00PM Advisory

Published 5th August 2012, 4:16pm

At 4 p.m. on Sunday August 5th, Tropical Storm Ernesto was located near Latitude 15.3N and Longitude 78.6W or 331 miles Southeast of George Town, Grand Cayman. Ernesto is moving towards the west near 20 mph with maximum sustained winds near 50 mph.

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH FOR GRAND CAYMAN AND ALL RESIDENTS SHOULD CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF TROPICAL STORM ERNESTO

Tropical Storm Ernesto is forecasted to pass approximately 230 miles south of Cayman tomorrow afternoon. Based on this path the rain band of tropical storm Ernesto will affect the Cayman Islands from this afternoon.

The Cayman area can expect cloudy to overcast skies with frequent showers and thunder tonight and tomorrow. Southeast winds of 20 to 25 knots with higher gusts are expected tonight. Weather models forecast 1.50 to 2.00 inches of rainfall accumulation from Sunday morning through Monday afternoon. This will lead to flooding of low lying areas and all residents should exercise caution.

Additionally the Cayman area can expect increasing winds and deteriorating marine conditions from tonight. All marine interests should seek safe harbor this evening and remain there.

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.