Today’s Editorial October 01: Hurricanes possible at any time

Don’t open and eat that last can of corned beef just yet.

The heavy rains, thunder and lightning yesterday morning were a reminder that we’re smack dab in the middle of hurricane season.

As John Foster was warning us yesterday morning of tropical weather coming our way Tuesday night, many of us were witnessing some sort of system already moving through.

While the sun had returned by mid-morning, a quick check at Internet weather sites showed that the Cayman Islands is in for some wet weather in the coming days.

This is a crucial time of year as far as hurricanes are concerned in the Cayman Islands.

Prior to October we’ve been able to watch storms as they were birthed in the Atlantic Ocean and track them as they made their ways north or through our area into the Gulf of Mexico.

From now until the end of hurricane season we need to keep a wary eye on the weather because storms can pop up in the Western Caribbean quickly and become a threat to the Cayman Islands with little warning.

So remain vigilant, prepared and make sure everyone in your home or business is aware of your hurricane plan.

If you truly are down to your last can of corned beef, take some time this week to do an inventory of your entire hurricane supplies, get to the supermarket and replenish them.

Don’t forget bottled water and pet food for Fido.

Many of us still have our hurricane shutters and plywood up following possible threats from hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

While some argue a constantly darkened house or business doesn’t bode well for the psyche, it is one of those precautions we must take this time of year in this region of the year.

Hurricane season will officially end at the end of November, but those of us who live in this region of the Caribbean know too well that December hurricanes are a real – though seldom – possibility.

It happened last December when Tropical Storm Olga became the 15th named storm of the 2007 season.

Olga was one of a few out of season landfalls and was the deadliest post-season storm in the Atlantic Basin with 40 deaths.

Historically more hurricanes have hit the Cayman Islands in October and November. Remember the 1932 hurricane that killed 3,301 people in the Caribbean, including many in the Brac; that was a November storm.

Most of us live in the Caribbean by choice, and as such have to respect anything Mother Nature throws our way at any time.

That’s why it is so important to be prepared for a hurricane or any other tropical bad weather at any time.