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This cyclone is in an area that is conducive to additional strengthening

Published 22nd October 2012, 11:24am

The National Hurricane Centre in Miami Florida is issuing advisories for newly formed Tropical Cyclone TD Eighteen. At 10 am on October 22, 2012 TD Eighteen was located at 13.5 N 78.0 W or about 440 miles south southeast of George Town, Grand Cayman.

TD Eighteen is currently moving slowly southwestward at about 5 mph, with maximum sustained winds of 30 mph and higher gusts. A developing tough over Cuba is expected influence the depression, pulling the system to the north northeastward towards Jamaica. TD Eighteen is located in an environment that is highly conducive to strengthening. The National Hurricane Centre is forecasting that the cyclone could be near hurricane strength as it approaches Jamaica on Wednesday.

While the depression, at this time, is not forecast to head directly to the Cayman Islands, the latest satellite images indicate that severe weather associated with this strengthening Depression will remain to the east of the Cayman Islands for the next day or so. But some cloudiness and showers are expected to spread into our area from Tuesday night.

The Depression, along with high pressure system located over the southeastern United States are influencing our weather and producing fresh east to northeast winds, and rough seas over the Cayman area. A small craft warning is in effect. If the Depression maintains the current forecast track, the wind direction will gradually shift towards the north northwest by Thursday as the system moves over eastern Cuba.

Residents of the Cayman Islands should closely monitor the progress of this system.