TS Watch Remains in Effect for Cayman
Published 1st August 2016, 10:45pm
Issued at 10:00 p.m. August 1st 2016
A strong tropical wave southeast of Kingston, Jamaica, continues to move quickly westward at about 20 mph. This system is likely to be upgraded to a tropical storm by the National Hurricane Center as the environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for additional development overnight. Thunderstorm activity associated with the wave remains organized, but the system still appears to lack a closed surface circulation. Regardless of development, locally heavy rainfall and strong winds, perhaps peaking to tropical storm force strength, can be expected from late tonight into tomorrow evening across Grand Cayman and the Sister Islands.
Grand Cayman and the Sister Islands can expect an increase cloudiness and showers from late tonight as the wave moves into area with cloudy rainy conditions expected tomorrow. Additionally expect 1.00 to 1.25 inches of rainfall accumulation over the next 24-36 hours. Some of these showers will be locally heavy at time and possibly leading to flooding of low lying areas and all residents should continue exercise caution.
Moderate to strong easterly winds and rough seas with wave heights of 5 to 7 are expected through tonight, becoming very strong with wave heights increasing to 8 to 10 feet by tomorrow. All marine interests should seek safe harbor and remain there until further notice.
The next bulletin will be issued at 6 a.m. tomorrow morning.
Hazard Management Cayman Islands is encouraging residents to bring furniture indoors to secure it. Important documents should be protected in waterproof bags or containers. Computer should be backed up. Drivers should exercise care on flooded roads.
For more information about preparing for tropical storms and hurricanes visit www.Caymanprepared.ky