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Sustained Tropical Storm Force Winds Expected Today

Published 7th November 2020, 8:7am

CAYMAN ISLANDS NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEVERE WEATHER BULLETIN.

7 am - November 7, 2020.

Tropical Depression Eta is currently 190 miles west to southwest of Grand Cayman moving east to northeast at 13 mph. Eta is expected to continue to move northeast and strengthen to a possible Tropical Storm and track about 60 miles to the NW of Grand Cayman early this evening, 99 miles NW of Cayman Brac by late Saturday night and over central Cuba by Sunday morning.

Residents should avoid driving on the roads unless absolutely essential. There are reports of widespread flooding and some trees and power lines have come down.

The Red Cross Shelter is open from 9 a.m.

John Gray Memorial Church in West Bay, as well as the Breakers, East End and North Side Civic Centres will open at noon.

On its current forecast path, Eta is expected to support tropical storm force winds over the Cayman Islands from early this afternoon through early Sunday morning. The Cayman area can expect an decrease cloudiness, winds and seas from Sunday morning.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami Florida is issuing advisories on Tropical Depression Eta, Which at 7 a.m. was located 18.6 N 84.2 W or about 190 miles west to southwest of Grand Cayman with maximum winds of 35 mph and is moving towards the east to northeast 13 mph.

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

The Cayman Islands National Weather Service will continue to monitor the progress of this system. For further details visit www.nhc.noaa.gov.

Expected weather conditions for the Cayman Islands:

Saturday: Overcast skies with torrential rain and intermittent thunderstorms. Showers will become locally heavy at times leading to flooding of low lying areas.

Sunday: Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with a 40% chance of showers and some thunder

A FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE CAYMAN ISLANDS

Estimated Rainfall Amount:

Saturday: 101.6 to 203.2 mm (4 - 8 inches)

Estimated Wind direction and Speeds

Saturday: Southerly 25 to 30 knots G40 knots this morning veering to the west to northwest 25 to 30 gusting G40 knots by evening. Swells from the east to southeast at 3 to 5 feet are expected.

Sunday: Westerly 15 to 20 knots with higher gusts.

Estimated Wave Heights

Saturday: 8 to 12 feet, extremely rough along the south and west coasts of Grand Cayman.

Sunday: 5 to 7 feet.

A MARINE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH TO SUNDAY AFTERNOON. ALL MARINE CRAFT SHOULD SEEK AND REMAIN IN SAFE HABOUR.