Published 31st August 2017, 9:20am
At 500 AM AST (0900 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Irma was located near latitude 16.5 North, longitude 32.9 West. Irma is moving toward the west near 12 mph (19 km/h). A west-northwestward motion is expected today and tonight, followed by a generally westward motion on Friday.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 70 mph (110 km/h) with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast, and Irma is likely to become a hurricane later today.
THIS STORM POSES NO IMMEDIATE THREAT TO THE CAYMAN ISLANDS. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF THIS STORM.
We are now entering the more active peak time of the hurricane season. So far the season has featured 9 named storms including the first major hurricane (Harvey) to make landfall in the US since Wilma in 2005. For the third consecutive year activity began early, with the formation of Tropical Storm Arlene on April 19, nearly a month and a half before the official start of the season.
On August 9th - NOAA released their final outlook for the season, raising their predictions to 14-19 named storms, though retaining 5-9 hurricanes and 2-5 major hurricanes. They also stated that the season has the potential to be extremely active, possibly the most active since 2010.
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