Cayman Islands

Update on Hurricane Emily

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With the 4 am advisory from the National Hurricane Centre in Miami placing Hurricane Emily 105 miles south-southwest of Grand Cayman, slightly more to the south than anticipated, the island is now experiencing winds of lower intensity than originally forecast for this time. Winds are now in the 30 to 40 mph and are accompanied by heavy squalls.

This is expected to continue over the next few hours, with the intensity gradually subsiding into dawn, as Emily gradually retreats from our area.

Meanwhile, Emily is expected to continue its west-northwest track, with the centre expected to reach the Yucatan Peninsula very late today (Sunday) or early Monday.

NHC advice to local population: Residents should continue to remain indoors. The NHC will notify the public when the =13All Clear=14 is given, signaling that it is safe to venture out doors.

Residents are reminded that a curfew is in place until further notice and should continue to monitor closely news reports on local conditions.

Current conditions:

Grand Cayman

- Winds: Tropical storm force winds, with some higher gusts

- Rain: Sporadic showers

- Seas: Already rough

Details of Weather System, at 4 am:

- Longitude: 82.0 W

- Latitude: 18 N

- Proximity: 105 miles SSW of Grand Cayman

- 186 miles SW of Cayman Brac

Speed of system and direction of movement: 20 mph, WNW
Maximum sustained wind speed: 150 mph, still a strong Category 4

Further Information

The NHC's next advisory will be issued at 7 am.

Background

The following Saffir/Simpson Hurricane Scale provides some rough guidance on what to expect for each category:

  • Category 1 74-95 mph, storm surge of 4-5ft.
  • Category 2 96-110 mph, 6-8 ft.
  • Category 3 111-130 mph, 9-12 ft.
  • Category 4 131-155 mph, 13-18 ft.
  • Category 5 greater than 155 mph, 18+ft.
Quick reference guide to the Cayman Islands:

GOVERNMENT : An Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom with a governor appointed by the Crown, a 15-member elected Legislative Assembly, and an 8-member Cabinet.

Location :The three Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, are located about 150 miles south of Cuba, 460 miles south of Miami, Florida, and 167 miles northwest of Jamaica. George Town, the capital, is on the western shore of Grand Cayman.

Geography: Grand Cayman has an area of about 76 square miles and is approximately 22 miles long. Cayman Brac, with an area of about 15 square miles and 12 miles long, lies about 89 miles northeast of Grand Cayman. Little Cayman, lying five miles west of Cayman Brac, is approximately ten miles long and has an area of about 10 square miles.

Climate: The average daily temperature is 82.5 deg. F. Rainfall averages 4.7 inches per month. The hurricane season lasts from June to November. In the 52 years from 1950 to 2002, Grand Cayman has experienced seven tropical storms and six hurricanes. The worst disaster was suffered in 1932 when 109 persons died, followed by Hurricane Ivan in 2004, when two died along with extensive damage to infrastructure.