Police: No curfew for now

Acting Commissioner of Police David George is not considering asking the Cayman Islands Governor to authorise a curfew at this point.

A police spokesperson stressed that could change later in the day and asked people to monitor local news outlets for updates.

A statement from the department issued just after noon today said the projected path of the storm and its intensity did not appear to warrant closing the streets in Grand Cayman, at least for now.

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service urged residents not to venture out into the storm, even if a curfew is not imposed.

“They must stay at a suitable location for their own protection and ensure they do not impede the emergency services,” read a statement from the RCIPS.

Police opened their emergency command post near Owen Roberts Airport this morning.

The country’s Emergency Operations Centre was also being staffed and is expected to activate fully by later this afternoon.

Cars parked on high ground

Cars parked on high ground on the Esterley Tibbets Highway in preparation for Gustav. Photo: Brent Fuller

As a storm precaution, RCIPS operations for Grand Cayman’s eastern districts have been moved from Bodden Town Police Station to Bodden Town Primary School. Telephone numbers to contact the station will remain the same. The move takes effect at 5pm Friday.