Published 24th October 2012, 10:59am
The Cayman Islands National Weather Service is issuing advisories for Hurricane Sandy. At 10 am on October 24, 2012 the storm was located at 17.1 N 76.7 W or about 272 miles southeast of Cayman Brac.
Hurricane Sandy is within the Cayman Islands watch and warning area, however based on the forecast track the hurricane poses no immediate threat to the Cayman Islands.
Hurricane Sandy is currently moving to the north northeast at 13 mph with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph and higher gusts. On the current track, Sandy is expected to move over Jamaica today and over eastern Cuba tonight.
Hurricane Sandy is not expected to head directly to the Cayman Islands. Forecast models indicate that the severe weather associated with this strengthening cyclone will remain to the east of the Cayman Islands; however some cloudiness and showers are expected to spread into our area from today through Thursday evening. Locally heavy showers are likely and may lead to flooding of low-lying areas, especially over the Sister Islands, mainly between Wednesday and Thursday.
The Hurricane (along with a high pressure system located over the southeastern United States) is influencing our weather patterns and producing fresh to strong east to northeast winds and very rough seas over the Cayman area, hence a marine warning is in effect. The Weather Service is forecasting that the wind direction will shift towards the north tonight and move round to the northwest by Thursday evening.
Very rough seas are expected through the next few days with wave heights near 5 to 7 feet today, peaking near 9 feet by Thursday with a gradual reduction of wave heights through Sunday. These waves could have a significant impact on the east and northeast coasts initially, gradually affecting the northern coasts by tonight and the northwest coasts from Thursday evening through Sunday.
Residents of the Cayman Islands should monitor the progress of Hurricane Sandy.