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Cayman Islands is under a Tropical Storm Watch

Published 6th November 2020, 9:4am

CAYMAN ISLANDS NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEVERE WEATHER BULLETIN.

November 6, 2020 - 7 a.m.

Tropical Depression Eta is currently over the waters of the Gulf of Honduras and is expected to move northeast across the Caribbean Sea today, and strengthen to a possible Tropical Storm and track about 83 miles to the NW of Grand Cayman, 128 miles WNW of Cayman Brac, by Saturday afternoon. On its current forecast path, Eta is expected to briefly support tropical storm force winds over the Cayman Islands by Saturday afternoon.

The National Hurricane Center said (at 7 a.m.) that Tropical Depression Eta was located at 17.5 N 87.3 W or about 407 miles west to southwest of Grand Cayman with maximum winds of 35 mph and is moving north at 7 mph.

A Tropical Storm watch remains in effect for the Cayman Islands.

A FLOOD WARNING AND SMALL CRAFT WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR THE CAYMAN ISLANDS.

Government Schools are closed today.

Emergency shelters are on standby to be activated should the need arise as a result of localised flooding.

Hazard Management Cayman Islands is recommending residents take the following actions:

Exercise increased caution on flooded roads. Excessive rain has led to numerous potholes opening up, and the flood waters make these more difficult to detect. Periods of torrential rainfall will result in limited visibility on the roads. Residents are encouraged to limit travel on the roads to essential journeys from Friday afternoon and into Saturday.

Vessels should remain in safe harbour.