Government offices open on Monday
Deputy Governor Franz Manderson said government offices would be open for normal operations on Monday because Ernesto isn’t expected to significantly impact Grand Cayman. However, the storm will bring windy conditions, showers that can be heavy at times and rough seas.
Ernesto will be at its closest to Grand Cayman around 10am Monday morning. Thunderstorms with heavy rain and gusty winds up to 30 miles per hours can be expected. Between an inch and an inch and a half of rain is expected.
Rough seas of six to nine feet are expected Monday morning and to peak at nine to 12 feet Monday night. Coastal flooding is possible.
A small craft warning is in effect until further notice.
At 8pm Sunday night, Ernesto was located southwest of Grand Cayman, about 245 miles east of the Honduras/Nicaragua boarder. It was tracking westward at 20 mph hour and had maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour.