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Monitor

Published 21st August 2020, 10:6am

The centre of Tropical Depression Fourteen is located near the border of Nicaragua and Honduras as is moving generally towards the NNW.

The system is expected to strengthen to a tropical storm as it moves towards the Yucatan and could reach hurricane status before making landfall.

While this tropical depression is not considered a significant threat to the Cayman Islands, the proximity of this depression is influencing weather conditions in our area leading to overcast skies, showers and thunder mainly over Grand Cayman. The Cayman Islands National Weather Service is advising that rainfall today may be locally heavy at times with possible flooding of low lying areas.

Winds are East to Southeast at 15 to 20 knots with higher gusts today, 10 to 15 knots tonight. Seas are moderate to rough with wave heights of 4 to 6 feet. Small vessels should exercise caution over open water.

Meanwhile Tropical Depression Thirteen has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Laura by the National Hurricane Center in Miami. This storm is located near the Northern Leeward Islands and is currently moving West.

Tropical Storm Laura is not a threat to the Cayman Islands at this time, but residents should remain alert to the increased tropical cyclone activity in our region and monitor the progress of these storms.