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Forecast to become a major hurricane

Published 31st August 2017, 10:38am

At 1100 AM AST the center of Category Two Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 16.9 North, longitude 33.8 West. Irma is moving WNW at 10 mph and is expected to take a more westward motion on Friday and then west-southwestward early next week.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to 100 mph. Additional strengthening is forecast, and Irma is likely to become a dangerous category 4 hurricane next week.

THIS STORM POSES NO IMMEDIATE THREAT TO THE CAYMAN ISLANDS. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF THIS STORM.

CAYMAN RESIDENTS SHOULD NOT DROP THEIR GUARD

If you have used up your emergency stock of non-perishable food and emergency water supplies it is time to replace them.

Cut back trees that overhang buildings, check that shutters work and that insurance premiums are up-to-date.

All residents should have a flashlight, a battery operated radio and plan that includes knowing where you will ride out a storm.

If you intend to leave the Islands prior to, or after a hurricane, you must ensure that all travel documents are updated and that visas or visa waivers are obtained. You must also bear in mind that passports are no longer issued locally

A full list of supplies for your disaster preparedness kit can be found on the website caymanprepared.ky or pick up a copy of the hurricane information brochure at the ground floor of the Government building

It is important to take steps to minimize your dependence on Government, family or friends to support you in the aftermath of a storm, take the steps needed to get prepared

Civil servants have a duty to maintain a high level of personal and family preparedness at all times. The country depends on our Emergency Services and First Responders to be ready in a time of crisis, however all Civil Servants may be needed to contribute to the recovery process if we get impacted, including the performance of additional duties above and beyond their regular work schedule