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Forecast Track

Published 1st October 2016, 9:41am

The National Hurricane Center in Miami Florida is issuing advisories on Hurricane Matthew. Which at 8 a.m., was located at 13.4 N 73.1 W or about 400 miles SE of Kingston, Jamaica. Matthew is moving west at 7 mph with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph. Residents are urged to continue to monitor this system through information released by the Cayman Islands National Weather Service. Localized isolated showers along with moderate northeasterly winds and seas are expected across the Cayman area for the next 24 hours as a broad upper level trough lingers over the western Caribbean. Radar images show isolated showers in and around the Cayman area moving west.

The Cayman Islands National Weather Service is expected to issue a Severe Weather Bulletin for the Sister Islands for Monday. This is due to the fact that the Hurricane is expected to pass within 240 miles of Cayman Brac. 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: North to Northwest 25 to 30 knots with higher gusts. Seas: Very rough with wave heights of 7 to 9 feet with possible storm surge of 1 to 3 feet.

A severe Weather Warning is in effect for the Sister Islands and all marine craft should remain in safe harbor.

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