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Severe Weather Alert in Effect for Sister Islands

Published 30th September 2016, 4:51pm

HURRICANE MATTHEW

PUBLIC WEATHER NOTIFICATION PREPARED BY THE CAYMAN ISLANDS NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ISSUED AT 4:35 PM SEPTEMBER 30TH 2016

The National Hurricane Center in Miami Florida is issuing advisories on Category 4 Hurricane Matthew. Which at 4 p.m. was located at 13.5N 71.6W or about 465 miles SE of Kingston, Jamaica or 761 miles SE of Grand Cayman. Matthew is moving WSW at 9 mph with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph. A hurricane watch is now in effect for Jamaica.

Residents are urged to pay close attention to this system through information released by the Cayman Islands National Weather Service.

OUTLOOK

Based on the 4 p.m. information, 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 The Hurricane Preparedness Booklet is also available in the racks on the ground floor reception area of the Government Administration Building.

GENERAL INFORMATION

The Hazard Management Core Group will convene on Saturday if there are changes to the current forecast track suggesting an increased probability of an impact to the Cayman Islands. Residents should continue to monitor www.Caymanprepared.ky and weather.gov.ky

All Emergency Shelters in the Cayman Islands have been fully restocked and are ready for occupancy if the order is issued to open them.

Residents are reminded that most shops are closed on Sunday - so if you still need hurricane preparedness supplies then you should consider getting those on Saturday.