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Gusty winds and locally heavy rainfall expected starting later tonight and continuing through Monday

Published 23rd August 2020, 1:28pm

At 1 pm local time Tropical Storm Laura was moving towards Eastern Cuba with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph. The present movement is WNW at 21 mph.

On the current forecast track the storm will move near or over Cuba tonight and on Monday. The National Hurricane Center in Miami estimates that the probability of the Sister Islands experiencing tropical storm force winds is under 10 percent. Despite the low probability of damaging wind, the Cayman Islands National Weather Service cautions that heavy rainfall is possible beginning tonight and through Monday and this could lead to flooding in some low lying areas. Strong, gusty winds are also expected, mainly over the Sister Islands.

Over the past few hours the forecast track has shifted a little further south of the earlier guidance, and there remains some uncertainty in the location of the centre of circulation. Tropical Storm Laura is not expected to attain hurricane status as it tracks across Cuba tonight and tomorrow and the threat level for the Cayman Islands from this storm is low, however residents should continue to monitor this storm.