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Almost 13 inches of rain in the 48-hour period between 7am Sunday and 7am Tuesday caused widespread flooding on Grand Cayman leading to travelling difficulties and the closure of nearly all schools on Tuesday.

Cayman Islands National Weather Service Chief Meteorologist John Tibbetts said another three to four inches of rain was possible on Tuesday.

“According to the models, we will have some more heavy showers today and tonight,” he said Tuesday morning.

The weather system also brought gusty conditions with winds of 15 to 20 knots and rough seas of four to six feet. A small craft advisory will remain in effect through Friday.

The weather station at Owen Roberts International Airport measured 9.65 inches of rain between Sunday morning at 7am and Monday morning at 7am, and then another 3.32 inches between Monday morning and Tuesday morning at 7am, indicating a total of 12.97 inches of rainfall in just 48 hours.

Education Minister Rolston Anglin announced late Monday afternoon that all government schools would close Tuesday due to serious flooding situations existing throughout Grand Cayman.

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Mr. Anglin said only students that had to sit external exams – about 19 as far as he was aware – needed to report to those exams on Tuesday.

He said government officials were also in discussions with local private schools and they would make a determination as soon as possible.

“I haven’t had a chance to check around all of West Bay, but its pretty bad,” he said. “And from what we’ve been told, the worst may be yet to come.”

Cayman Brac schools will remain open Tuesday.

A number of private schools announced they would also close Tuesday. Those included: First Baptist, Cayman Prep, and Cayman International School. Those students at Cayman Prep who have to sit external examinations are still meant to attend.

In addition to those, Wesleyan Academy, Montessori Del Sol, Grace Christian Academy, Hope Academy, Miss Jackie’s School of Dance, Shining Stars, the Sunrise Adult Training/Learning Centre and Triple C are all closed Tuesday.

Other weather-related closures on Tuesday included: Miss Nadine’s pre-school, Jack & Jill nursery and the National Council of Voluntary Organisations office.

Several individuals called to report their homes had taken on water in the George Town area and some local side streets were impassable due to high waters.

The Cayman Islands Red Cross opened its doors to anyone who needed a safe, dry place to stay overnight. Two people – a man and a woman – stayed there. The woman returned to her home in Windsor Park early this morning; the man remained.

“We’re still open in case the weather worsens and if anyone needs us, we’re here,” said shelter manager Marsha Thompson.

 

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Bicycle riders and drivers made slow going Tuesday on Anthony Drive in George Town. Photo: Brent Fuller

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The entire front yard of a home in Lower Valley was still awash Tuesday morning. Photo: Brent Fuller

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The water was rising in North Side on Monday. Photo: Tammie Chisholm

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North Side. Photo: Tammie Chisholm

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Ed Bush Stadium in West Bay felt the effects of the storm on Tuesday morning. Photo: Ben Maxwell

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RCIPS on the scene on Garston Smith Drive in West Bay on Tuesday morning. Photo: Ben Maxwell

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The Cayman Islands Rugby Union pitch on South Sound Road was more fit for watersports. Photo: Alan Markoff

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Cars vying for the high ground on Walkers Road almost collide as they hug the shallower end of the flooded road. Photo: Alan Markoff

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Gusty winds knocked part of a tree down at the Clifton Hunter High School Campus on Aspiration Drive. Photo: Alan Markoff

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A bicycler on Walkers Road makes his way through the flooded road. – Photo: Alan Markoff

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Flooding on Fairbanks Road near the junction of Aspiration Drive caused vehicles to use whatever part of the road – and adjoining sidewalk – they could to get through the waters. Photo: Alan Markoff

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Flood borne debris left a high-water mark in the parking lot of Eden Centre on Walkers Road. Photo: Alan Markoff
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