Tropical Depression #16 has formed
in the northwest Caribbean, resulting in a tropical storm warning for the
As of 10am, the cyclone was located
at 20.6N, 82.5W, or about 116 miles northwest of Grand Cayman. It was moving
north-northeast at 10 mph and is expected to continue on that track and make
landfall in Cuba later today.
The National Hurricane Center in
Miami noted that the cyclone was already close to tropical storm strength, with
maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. Should those winds reach 39 miles per
hour, the cyclone would be designated Tropical Storm Nicole.
Even though the storm is moving
away from Grand Cayman, the weather is expected to remain bad through
“It should be noted that the
strongest winds and heaviest rains associated with this system are occurring
well to the southeast of the centre,” the Hurricane Center stated in its advisory.
“If this structure persists, the track of the centre will be relatively unimportant
since significant impacts will be confined to the eastern portion of the circulation.”
Management Cayman Islands issued a bulletin on the storm just before 10:30am.
Cayman are can expect overcast, rainy weather with periods of heavy torrential
rainfall,” the bulletin stated. “Rainfall model predictions indicate that
another three to four inches are likely during the next 24 hours. Flooding of
low-lying areas is expected and residents should take necessary precautions.”
Cayman Islands National Weather Service stated that it had recorded 4.05 inches
of rain between 7pm Monday night and 7am Tuesday.
southwesterly winds and rough seas are expected to continue to affect Grand
Cayman, especially along the south and west coasts, through Thursday. The
Weather Service stated that all marine crafts should seek safe harbor and
remain there until further notice.