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Published 2nd July 2021, 9:36am

Elsa has strengthened to a Hurricane overnight, with sustained wind speeds of 75 mph. The hurricane continues to track quickly west northwestward at 28 mph.

The Sister Islands remains under a Tropical Storm Alert. Changes to the current alert status may be made later today based on the expected track and proximity of the wind field from Hurricane Elsa.

The Cayman Islands National Weather Service is advising that wind speeds are forecast to increase in Cayman Brac and Little Cayman beginning on Sunday evening. Rough to very rough seas (9 to 13 feet), are expected to begin impacting the North and East coasts of Cayman Islands, especially the Sister Islands from late Sunday night. The Weather Service is cautioning that a Marine Advisory is expected to be in place on Sunday and will increase to a Marine Warning on Monday. Rain is forecast for both Sunday and Monday which may lead to flooding of low lying areas.

On the current forecast track of Hurricane Elsa, the Sister Islands are likely to experience strong to possibly near tropical storm force winds with higher gusts on Monday.

Residents, particularly persons in the Sister Islands should ensure preparedness levels remain high and continue to monitor the progress of Hurricane Elsa. Additional updates will follow throughout the day.