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Could still bring very large waves to the south and west coasts of Grand Cayman in the coming days

Published 5th October 2020, 7:25pm

At 7 pm the National Hurricane Center in Miami issued an advisory that Tropical Storm Delta has now developed into Hurricane Delta.

A NOAA Hurricane Hunter Aircraft recently passed directly over the Cayman Islands on a reconnaissance mission into the cyclone and confirmed that maximum sustained winds are 75 mph making Delta a Category 1 hurricane. The track of Delta continues to jog further to the south than expected with the forecast now calling for the Cayman Islands to be brushed by Tropical Storm winds early on Tuesday morning.

A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for the Cayman Islands including Little Cayman and Cayman Brac.

Hurricane Delta is moving toward the west-northwest near 8 mph (13 km/h). A faster northwestward motion is expected Tuesday through Wednesday night.

On the forecast track, the center of Delta is expected to pass southwest of the Cayman Islands early Tuesday. Additional rapid strengthening is expected during the next 24 hours and Hurricane Delta could attain major Hurricane status before approaching the Yucatan Peninsula on Wednesday.

While it is not anticipated that the Cayman Islands will be affected by storm surge or Hurricane force winds, it is looking increasingly likely that very large (and potentially dangerous) waves could begin impacting the west side of Grand Cayman including Seven Mile Beach and the port of George Town as the Hurricane moves off to the west, away from Grand Cayman.

Hurricane-force winds presently extend outward up to 15 miles (25 km) from the centre of Hurricane Delta and tropical-storm-force winds extend up to 70 miles (110 km) from the centre.

Through midweek, Delta is expected to produce 3 to 5 inches of rain across the Cayman Islands. Gusty winds are also likely on Tuesday morning.