Cayman Prepares for Dennis

07-JUL-2005: 6:30am All three Cayman Islands remain under a Hurricane Warning this morning.

Hurricane Dennis continues to hold closely to all projections and is still NOT expected to pass directly over the Cayman Islands. However, the system has continued to intensify and maximum sustained winds were 90mph at 4:00am this morning.

By the time it impacts the Cayman Islands tonight and tomorrow morning, it is expected to be even stronger. This system clearly has the potential to cause considerable damage and cannot be taken lightly.

At 4:00am the centre of Hurricane Dennis was located near latitude 17.0 north, longitude 74.6 west, or about 160 miles east-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica; 389 miles east-southeast of Cayman Brac. Dennis is moving toward the west-northwest near 15 miles per hour. This general direction is expected to continue for the next 24 hours. On this track Dennis is expected to pass over or near Jamaica later today.

Maximum sustained winds are near 90 miles per hour with higher gusts making Dennis a Category 1 Hurricane. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 125 miles. Dennis could become a strong Category 2 Hurricane by the time it reaches Jamaica

Heavy rainfall of 5 to 10 inches is expected over the Cayman Islands.

All residents should continue to take this system very seriously and are urged to complete preparations for hurricane conditions as soon as possible. Residents are also urged to continue closely monitoring local media for further information on this system as it approaches the Cayman Islands.

The National Hurricane Committee will convene at 10:30 this morning to consider the 10:00am advisory from the National Hurricane Centre and a further bulletin will be issued before noon today.

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