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Forecast to pass just north of Cuba - monitor closely

Published 4th September 2017, 5:24pm

At 500 PM AST Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 16.7 North, longitude 54.4 West. Irma is moving west at 13 mph. 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 130 mph with higher gusts. Irma is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some additional strengthening is forecast through the next couple of days.

FORECAST TRACK MODELS ARE IN INCREASINGLY CLOSE AGREEMENT THAT IRMA WILL TRACK JUST NORTH OF CUBA LATER IN THE WEEK, BUT RESIDENTS ARE URGED TO MONITOR THE SYSTEM CLOSELY AND BE AWARE THAT THE AVERAGE FORECAST TRACK ERROR (FOR NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER FORECASTS) IS OVER 200 MILES AT THE 5TH DAY OUT.

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