Weather system to taper off by weekend

The system bringing rain and winds through Cayman between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 1 p.m. Thursday was primarily a tropical wave moving west through the region, dropping more than 2.5 inches of rain on Grand Cayman, according to Cayman Islands Chief Meteorologist Kerry Powery. 

“The weekend is looking a little better,” Mr. Powery said, adding that isolated showers would still be passing through. “It will be nothing like we’ve seen the past couple of days,” he said. 

The system could potentially turn into a cyclone off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, according to forecasters with the National Hurricane Center in the United States. 

Mr. Powery said the cyclone forming west of the Cayman Islands most likely will not amount to much. “It’s probably going over land,” he said, and won’t have the chance to gain strength. 

The Hurricane Center gives the weather system a 20 percent chance of turning into a tropical storm as it moves over the Yucatan Peninsula and into the Gulf of Mexico over the weekend.  

The Center’s forecast notes, “After that time, the low is expected to encounter a cold front, which would make additional development unlikely.” 

Tourists navigate downtown George Town as a tropical wave soaks Grand Cayman. - PHOTO: Taneos Ramsay

Tourists navigate downtown George Town as a tropical wave soaks Grand Cayman. – PHOTO: Taneos Ramsay
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