Hurricane watch likely to escalate to warning

The National Hurricane Committee advises that the Hurricane Watch for the Cayman Islands continues this morning and anticipates that it will be upgraded to a Hurricane Warning by 1pm.

On its current path, Hurricane Emily, now Category 4, is expected to pass in close proximity to the south of the Cayman Islands this weekend.

‘The NHC is closely monitoring the storm and so far it is adhering to projections,’ committee Chairman Donnie Ebanks.

‘This system still poses a possible threat to the Cayman Islands, particularly Grand Cayman. Everyone should therefore continue to monitor the track of Hurricane Emily and business and property owners should make productive use of today in making their preparations.’

NHC actions: The NHC has put all committee chairmen on alert to begin preparations to implement arrangements as necessary today. It is expected that PWD will be shuttering government buildings today.

The committee will meet at 10:30am to consider the 10am advisory from Miami’s National Hurricane Centre.

The next NHC bulletin will be issued around lunchtime.

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