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The Cayman Islands Government has discontinued the tropical storm watch for Grand Cayman.

Published 6th August 2012, 10:0am

The National Hurricane Center continues to issue advisories on Tropical Storm Ernesto, which at 10 a.m. was located near 15.8 N. 80.5 W. or about 245 south southeast of Grand Cayman. Ernesto is moving towards the west near 9 mph with maximum sustained winds near 65 mph. Strengthening is forecast.

THE CAYMAN ISLANDS GOVERNMENT HAS DISCONTINUED THE TROPICAL STORM WATCH FOR GRAND CAYMAN

Tropical Storm Ernesto is forecasted to pass approximately 216 miles south of Grand Cayman early this evening. Based on this path, rain bands associated with this storm will continue to affect the Cayman Islands through Tuesday afternoon.

The Cayman area will continue experience cloudy to overcast skies with frequent showers and thunder through tomorrow afternoon. Southeasterly winds of 20 to 25 knots with higher gusts are expected through tomorrow afternoon becoming moderate thereafter.

Seas will continue to be rough with wave heights of 6 to 8 feet especially along the east and south coasts.  All marine interests should remain in safe harbor until further notice.

Weather models forecast 1.00 to 1.50 inches of rainfall accumulation from Monday morning through Tuesday afternoon. This may lead to flooding of low lying areas and all residents should continue exercise caution.