High winds, seas forecast for weekend

Wave heights of 4 to 7 feet predicted

Strong winds and high seas in recent weeks have impacted George Town harbor. – Photo: Kelsey Jukam

Forecasters advise boaters to exercise caution over the weekend as strong winds are likely to produce choppy seas and high waves.

A high pressure system from the southern United States may result in winds up to 25 knots Friday through Sunday, causing rough seas and wave heights between 4 and 7 feet.

National Weather Service meteorologist Kerry Powery said the weather should not affect ships coming into George Town harbor as the wind will be blowing from the northeast.

Northwesterly winds over the past few weeks have been forcing cruise ships to be diverted to Spotts, while others did not stop at the island at all, as waves pummeled the George Town waterfront.

A small craft warning will be in effect Friday through Sunday.

Those interested in visiting Stingray City may have to wait until Monday, as the area will be especially affected by the northeasterly winds.

Doug Anderson at Red Sail Sports said the company will not be running tours to Stingray City on Friday, but will possibly be running the tours Saturday and Sunday.

“Next week looks beautiful, so starting Monday we’ll be back to normal,” Mr. Anderson said.

Besides the winds, Mr. Powery said, the weekend weather conditions will be “fair” with a slight chance of showers – about 20 percent.

Support local journalism. Subscribe to the all-access pass for the Cayman Compass.

Subscribe now