Cayman Under Tropical Storm Watch
Published 1st August 2016, 6:50pm
A strong tropical wave over the central Caribbean Sea, centered about 275 miles east-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica, continues to move quickly westward at about 20 mph. This system is likely to be upgraded to a tropical storm overnight by the National Hurricane Center when more information is available. 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 10 p.m. this evening.
Hazard Management reminds residents that it is important to have a Hurricane Supply Kit ready during the season. Information about what to have in your kit can be found on www.Caymanprepared.gov.ky
Please follow this link to go directly to the Residentís Hurricane Brochure. http://www.caymanprepared.ky/portal/page/portal/hmchome/resources/brochures/HM_BROCH_RESIDENT%20KIT_2014_FINAL_WEB.pdf
For more information, please contact Simon Boxall at 244-3145 or Simon.Boxall@gov.ky