TS Laura All Clear
Published 24th August 2020, 7:25pm
At 4 pm this afternoon, the Chairman of the National Hazard Management Council, the Hon. Franz Manderson, in consultation with the Director of Hazard Management Cayman Islands and the Director General of the National Weather Service announced the 'All Clear' had been issued following the passage of Tropical Storm Laura across the Cayman Islands region.
While the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) was not activated for this threat, a preliminary damage assessment is already underway and fortunately it appears from initial reports that there were not any significant erosional events, or damage to life or property.
Reports this afternoon from the District Officer in Little Cayman and District Commissioner's Office in Cayman Brac, suggest the Sister Islands of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman seem to have come through relatively unscathed.
In Grand Cayman, on the west coast, several boats broke free of moorings and were stranded on Seven Mile Beach. There were some early concerns that these vessels might spill fuel on the pristine reef and beach area off the west side of the Island, but while some of the boats were written off by the powerful waves, there was fortunately no threatening oil spillage or harm to the beach or coral sanctuary.
Before threatening the Cayman Islands, Tropical Storm Laura brought life threatening conditions to Haiti and Cuba, and fatalities have already been reported in other Islands such as the Dominican Republic. In Jamaica, torrential rain caused landslides which washed out roads. The Storm is now expected complete it's track across the length of Cuba and then emerge and strengthen to a hurricane as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico, thereafter making landfall as a dangerous hurricane in the Gulf Coast of the United States.
While the Tropical Storm Warning has been lifted, residents of the Cayman Islands are reminded that rain continues to make driving challenging. Persons should slow down to pass through puddles on the road, and not swerve into other lanes to cross past them.
A further update on TS Laura will be provided if there are significant changes to the initial preliminary damage assessment.