Tropical Storm Harvey – the eighth named
storm of the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane season – formed Friday afternoon along the
northern coast of Honduras.
Harvey was a weak tropical storm by Friday evening, with about 45 mile per hour maximum sustained winds moving due west at
12 miles per hour.
According to the National Hurricane Center
in the US, Harvey was not expected to intensify to hurricane strength before
striking Belize sometime Saturday.
Harvey started out as a long-lasting
tropical wave that became Tropical Depression 8 late Thursday night and passed
well to the south of Grand Cayman, bringing only some scattered showers.
Cayman Islands National Weather Service
Chief Meteorologist John Tibbetts said the rainfall models weren’t showing the
system bringing much rain at all to Grand Cayman.
“Maybe a half inch,” he said.
What rain Grand Cayman gets will fall
between late Thursday night and Friday morning, with things clearing up nicely
“It looks like a decent weekend,” said Mr.
Tibbetts, adding that there would only be a 20 per cent chance of rain on
Saturday and Sunday.
Not everywhere will stay dry, however. The
storm made landfall Friday morning along the coast of northeastern
Jeff Masters, of the Weather Undergound
website at wunderground.com said the storm would drench Honduras.
“The forward motion of 93L will slow to 5
to 10 mph by Friday, so the storm could be a major rain event for Northern
Honduras, with rain amounts of 4 to 8 inches likely by the time the storm
reaches Belize on Saturday,” he wrote on Thursday. “Heavy rains will spread to
Belize and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula by Friday night or Saturday morning.”