Hurricane Watch likely for Cayman

The Cayman Islands are likely to move into a Hurricane Watch sometime today.

The National Hazard Management Council will meet at 3pm today and the Sister Islands Emergency Committee is monitoring Hurricane Gustav and initiating preparations.

Hurricane Gustav's forecast eye path

Hurricane Gustav’s forecast eye path.
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The timing of local activities such as airport closures, etc., will be announced to residents.

According to the National Hurricane Centre in Miami, at 11am Hurricane Gustav was located near 17.9 north 72.4 west, or about 50 miles south of Port au Prince, Haiti and about 240 miles southeast of Guantanamo, Cuba.

Gustav is moving toward the northwest near 9 mph. A turn toward the west-northwest with a decrease in forward speed forecast is expected later today, and a general west-northwestward motion is expected Wednesday.

Cayman Islands residents should monitor all local media outlets that carry local news in order to stay informed about Hurricane Gustav.

Residents should always be in a state of readiness during hurricane season. At this time, residents should:

• Have food and medicine supplies

•Have shuttering supplies

•Have important documents, including travel documents, in order

•Look after marine interests

•Have a pet safety plan

•Check generator and have fuel

Make sure that your family, and persons who will be staying with you in the event of a storm, are aware of the plan.

Gustav should move over southwestern Haiti later today, and near or just south of eastern Cuba on Wednesday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 90 mph, with higher gusts. Gustav is a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, and strengthening is possible before the centre moves over land today.

Some weakening is likely when Gustav moves over Haiti. However, re-strengthening is forecast as the centre approaches eastern Cuba on Wednesday.

Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the centre, and tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles.

Estimated minimum central pressure is 981 Mb.