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Strong Category Four Hurricane

Published 1st October 2016, 10:1am

The National Hurricane Center in Miami Florida is issuing advisories on Hurricane Matthew. Which at 10 a.m., was located at 13.4 N 73.4 W or about 390 miles SE of Kingston, Jamaica or 608 miles SE of the Sister Islands. Matthew is moving west at 6 mph with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph.

Residents are urged to continue to monitor this system through information released by the Cayman Islands National Weather Service.

OUTLOOK

Based on the 10 a.m. information, the Cayman Islands National Weather Service is expected to issue a Severe Weather Bulletin for the Sister Islands for Tuesday. This is due to the fact that the Matthew is expected to pass within 280 miles east of Cayman Brac Tuesday morning. The Sister Islands are expected to experience cloudy to overcast skies with intermittent showers and some thunder. Showers will be locally heavy at times leading to localized flooding of low lying areas. Winds: Northwest 10 to 15 knots with higher gusts. Seas: Moderate to rough with wave heights of 4 to 6 feet.

RECOMMENDED ACTIONS

The current forecast track places Hurricane Matthew east of the Cayman Islands but the storm should still be monitored closely.

All residents should aim to have a three day supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation, or cooking and little or no water.

All residents should store some bottled water at all times. Your hurricane supply kit should have a minimum of 3 gallons of water for each person in the home.

All residents should have a plan for where they will ride out a hurricane, especially if their property is in a low lying area or close to the coastline where storm surge and / or battering waves could make their home a dangerous environment to stay in (during a hurricane).

Additional information about shelter locations and other recommended items for your emergency supply kit can be found on www.caymanprepared.gov.ky