Get prepared for weather

It may be too soon to panic.

But it’s never too soon to prepare.

A rogue tropical storm in the Eastern Pacific is on an unusual, dangerous track toward Central America.

Tropical Storm Adrian is expected to become a hurricane before hitting land, predicted to happen Friday.

While the storm poses no immediate threat to the Cayman Islands, it could cross Central America’s mountain range and land smack dab in the Caribbean Sea.

There it is possible that the storm, weakened once it passes through Central America’s mountain range, could redevelop into a tropical depression and regain some force while moving toward the Cayman Islands and Cuba.

Tropical systems bring with them heavy rainfall. Predictions are that the storm is going to drench Central America with as much as 20 inches of rain in the coming days.

Our concern is vast amounts of rain that the system could bring to the Cayman Islands.

People with tarpaulins still protecting their homes from the elements are already looking to the rainy season with a wary eye.

Roofs are being patched quickly, but it is feared that not all roofs will be ready for torrential rainfall this weekend or early next week as Tropical Storm Adrian passes on the way to Cuba.

Rain at this juncture would be both a blessing and a curse to Cayman. Farmers, gardeners and livestock would welcome the moisture to sooth parched land and throats.

The Caymanian Compass Hurricane guide is in the making and will be available in time to help prepare for this region’s hurricane season, which begins June 1.

In that guide you will be informed of how to protect your home and loved ones in the event of a hurricane.

You will see a list of hurricane supplies to keep on hand and another list of shelters should the need arise to evacuate.

But Tropical Storm Adrian is proof that we all need to be prepared no matter what time of year. Tropical storms, depressions and hurricanes don’t know how to read calendars.

Get ready. The season is upon us.

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