Major Hurricane Irma
Published 4th September 2017, 10:43am
At 1100 AM AST (1500 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 16.8 North, longitude 53.3 West. Irma is moving toward the west-southwest near 14 mph (22 km/h). A turn toward the west is expected later today, followed by a west-northwestward turn late Tuesday. On the forecast track, the center of Irma will move near or over portions of the northern Leeward Islands Tuesday night and early Wednesday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 120 mph (195 km/h) with higher gusts. Irma is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Additional strengthening is forecast through Tuesday night.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km).
The estimated minimum central pressure based on data from a NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft is 944 mb (27.88 inches).
GIVEN THE LATEST PROJECTED PATH OF HURRICANE IRMA RESIDENTS ARE URGED TO MONITOR THE SYSTEM FOR FURTHER UPDATES. THE CAYMAN ISLANDS NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THIS SYSTEM FOR FURTHER DEVELOPMENTS.
CAYMAN RESIDENTS SHOULD BE PREPARED
• 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