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Additional strengthening is expected.

Published 22nd October 2012, 4:40pm

The National Hurricane Centre in Miami Florida is issuing advisories for Tropical Storm Sandy. At 4 pm on October 22, 2012 the storm was located at 12.5 N 78.5 W or about 500 miles south southeast of George Town, Grand Cayman. Tropical Storm Sandy is now located in the watch and warning area for the Cayman Islands, however based on the forecast track the storm poses no immediate threat to the Cayman Islands.

Tropical Storm Sandy is currently stationary with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and higher gusts, however the storm is located in an environment that is conducive for additional strengthening. The National Hurricane Centre is forecasting that the cyclone will be near hurricane strength as it approaches Jamaica on Wednesday. A Tropical Storm Watch is now in effect for Jamaica and Haiti.

At the present time, Tropical Storm Sandy is not forecast to head directly to the Cayman Islands, and the latest satellite images indicate that severe weather associated with this Tropical Storm will remain to the east of the Cayman Islands for the next day or so. However some cloudiness and showers are expected to spread into our area from Tuesday night.

The Tropical Storm (along with a high pressure system located over the southeastern United States) is 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 Tropical Storm Sandy 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 stay tuned to the local media and the National Weather Service for updates on the progress of Tropical Storm Sandy.