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The extent to which Cayman’s recent tourism boom has come at the expense of its hurricane-hit neighbors is spelled out in a new regional hospitality market report.
Storm trackers flew into Grand Cayman on Tuesday on their public awareness tour ahead of the Caribbean’s hurricane season.
Cayman Islands donors contributed more than $13,000 for Hurricane Matthew relief efforts in Haiti through the Red Cross, the organization reported. A five-week campaign raised funds for Haiti after it was struck by the devastating hurricane in early October last year.
Norman the red-footed booby, who was rescued on a British beach and flown by plane to Cayman, died at the Cayman Turtle Centre on Christmas Day, the Department of Environment confirmed Tuesday.
Cayman Water Company has donated US$3,375 to buy 75 water filtration units to help combat cholera and other pathogens at risk of contaminating Haiti’s drinking water in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. Matthew, a category 5 storm, hit southwest Haiti on Oct. 4.
Mandi Parchment celebrated her fourth birthday Wednesday by donating the money for a party to the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Hurricane Matthew Relief Fund for Haiti, Cuba and the Bahamas. Mandi, daughter of Abigail and Sean Parchment, heard about the fund on the radio and from her parents and wanted to help.
The Cayman Islands Red Cross is participating in an international Red Cross Federation effort to raise US$6.9 million for Haiti relief after much of the country was devastated by Hurricane Matthew two weeks ago. The Cayman Islands Red Cross said in a press release that the international federation aims to help 10,000 families over the next 12 months.
Close to one million Haitians could soon have access to safe drinking water as the charity United Caribbean Trust moves to distribute 300 water filters across communities devastated by Hurricane Matthew. Executives of CIBC FirstCaribbean presented a check for BDS$25,000 (US$12,500) to Jenny Tryhane of the United Caribbean Trust.
When the staff and students at Sir John A. Cumber Primary School learned of the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew, particularly to Haiti, they immediately sprang into action to do something, however small, to assist those who were affected.
A Cayman Airways plane packed with 20,000 pounds of goods donated by the people of Cayman arrived Sunday in hurricane-ravaged Haiti.
Five linemen with Cayman’s Caribbean Utilities Company took off for the Bahamas on Wednesday to help get the country’s power lines back up after Hurricane Matthew passed over the islands, causing an estimated $400 million in damage. Homes were destroyed and power lines pulled down across many of the islands in the Bahamas.
More than $500,000 worth of supplies, collected in Cayman over three days last week, are scheduled to be flown to Haiti Sunday. The supplies were originally scheduled to be airlifted to Port-au-Prince earlier in the week, but government in Cayman has been negotiating with the Haitian president’s office to make sure the supplies end up in the right hands.
In 72 hours, more than 3,000 people in Cayman donated enough baby supplies, food, clothes, medicines and other necessities to fill the warehouse at Cayman Islands Brewery. On Tuesday, those supplies will be loaded on a Cayman Airways plane and flown to Haiti to help the country where at least 500 died in Hurricane Matthew.
Volunteers in Cayman spent Thursday unloading and sorting donations bound for Haiti and Cuba at the Saxon office on Eastern Avenue in George Town.
Along with the rest of humanity, we in Cayman will send our prayers, empathy and material assistance to the victims of Hurricane Matthew. Cayman has experienced the cataclysmic consequences of a major hurricane at much too near a distance, that is, firsthand.
Cayman Airways has suspended flights to Miami as Hurricane Matthew begins to bring heavy winds and rain to Florida. The Miami International Airport has suspended all service during the storm.
United States Marine Corps helicopters took off from Cayman’s Owen Roberts International Airport Wednesday, headed to Jamaica to be ready to move disaster relief supplies into Haiti. Four large U.S. military helicopters landed on Grand Cayman Tuesday, the first of two waves of Marines and U.S. Army personnel.
United States military helicopters began landing at Owen Roberts International Airport on Grand Cayman Tuesday afternoon as part of a disaster relief program in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.
The powerful Hurricane Matthew made landfall in near Les Anglais, western Haiti, as the storm batters the country with life-threatening rain, wind and storm surge.
As Matthew, a massive category 4 storm, continued turning north Saturday evening, preparations are under way in Haiti, Jamaica and Cuba for what could be a devastating hurricane.
UPDATE: Please go here for an update to this story. ________________ UPDATE 9 p.m. Saturday: Hurricane Matthew is stationary, with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph, about 385 miles...
Forecasters say Hurricane Matthew will turn to the north and any impact on the Cayman Islands will be minimal. The U.S. National Hurricane Center upgraded Matthew to a hurricane Thursday. Forecasters with Cayman’s National Weather Service say the islands will likely see rough seas of 4 to 6 feet and winds up to 20 mph from overnight Sunday through Monday, but do not expect any major impacts.
Tropic Storm Matthew has formed just east of the Caribbean, about 35 miles southeast of St. Lucia, and the National Hurricane Center predicts the storm could become a hurricane by Friday.