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2020 in Photos

Let us take you on a photographic journey of a challenging 2020.

Paulette expected to hit Bermuda as a hurricane

Tropical Storm Paulette is expected to hit Bermuda as a category 2 hurricane at around 6 am on Monday morning. A hurricane warning has been issued for the island.

Increased storm activity forecast through mid-September

Tropical cyclone activity in the Atlantic basin is forecast to be above average during the first half of September, according to researchers with the Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project.

Stronger, slower storms linked to climate change

While the link between climate change and hurricane intensity is not yet ‘settled science’, weather experts say there is evidence that the phenomenon will lead to stronger, slower storms in future.

On heels of Dorian, homeowners urged to update insurance policies

Homeowners should regularly update their home insurance policies to ensure they are adequately covered should a hurricane or other natural disaster strike, according to Island Heritage Insurance Company Senior Vice President and Chief Underwriting Officer Evelyn Tibbetts-Farrar.

Cayman readies relief effort in wake of Hurricane Dorian

Even as Hurricane Dorian continued to wreak havoc in the Bahamas Monday, relief efforts were already getting under way.

Update: Tropical Storm Dorian poses no threat to Cayman

A tropical depression nearing the Caribbean is forecast to reach hurricane status in coming days. The storm currently poses no threat to the Cayman Islands.

Weather experts: Sahara dust diminishing cyclone activity

Movement of dry air and dust from the Sahara desert is keeping the Caribbean hurricane season at bay – for now.

Hurricane activity forecast to increase in coming months

Forecasters are predicting a more active end to what has been a relatively quiet Atlantic hurricane season.

Pet-friendly hurricane shelters could save human lives

The first pet-friendly hurricane shelters will open their doors to Cayman Islands residents in the event of a storm this summer.

British Navy lands at Governors Beach

The British Navy landed at Seven Mile Beach on Friday morning.

Joint UK/Cayman hurricane exercise

Simulating a response to a major hurricane strike on Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, teams from the Governor’s Office, Hazard Management Cayman Islands, the Royal Cayman Islnds Police Service, 911 and the Government Communications Service took part this week in a joint training exercise with counterparts from the UK and the British High Commission in Kingston.

Red Cross volunteers prepare for hurricane season

Nearly 100 volunteers gathered to hear of the potential tasks ahead of them and the preparations they should be making at the Cayman Islands Red Cross’s pre-hurricane meeting.

Forecasters increase storm season outlook

Forecasting for the Atlantic hurricane season has increased slightly, with meteorologists at Colorado State University predicting six hurricanes, up from their previous forecast in April of five.

Public statement: Hurricanes — prepare for the worst and pray for the best

Each year as I prepare to work on this annual Hurricane message to you I do so with a certain amount of trepidation because as I put pen to paper, none of us knows what this hurricane season is going to bring.

Potential cyclone in southwest Gulf

Forecasters at the US National Hurricane Center are watching a low-pressure system off the coast of Mexico, giving it a 60% chance to develop into a tropical cyclone over the next several days.

Update: Tropical storm warnings remain in effect for Isaac

The southeastern Caribbean went on alert Tuesday, as the first hurricane and tropical storm watches were issued for Isaac.

Rainy weather soaks Cayman

As the 14th anniversary of Hurricane Ivan arrives, Cayman and its Caribbean neighbors are eying three hurricanes – Florence, Isaac and Helene – that are moving through the Atlantic.

Florence becomes a hurricane, takes aim at US Southeast

Tropical Storm Florence turned into a hurricane Sunday morning and swirled toward the U.S. for what forecasters said could be a direct hit on the Southeast toward the end of the week.

Two-time hurricane evacuee, cancer survivor heads home

Audrey Rogers spent nine months on an unexpected whirlwind tour after Hurricane Irma devastated Anguilla in the eastern Caribbean last September. The 87-year-old eventually ended up in the Cayman Islands.

Red Cross stages annual pre-hurricane meeting

The Cayman Islands Red Cross recently gathered 100 volunteers to take part in the annual pre-hurricane meeting.

First named storm of season forms

Subtropical Storm Alberto, the first named storm of the year, has formed near the Yucatan Peninsula.

EDITORIAL – Hurricane season: Plan early to ensure safety

There is no way of predicting if, where or when severe weather will strike Cayman, but forewarned is forearmed.

Hurricane shelter volunteers wanted

The Department of Children and Family Services and Hazard Management Cayman Islands are inviting people to sign up as hurricane shelter volunteers for the 2018 hurricane season.

National Weather Service: 2018 hurricane season prediction

As we approach the onset of the 2018 hurricane season, we pause to take time to look back at the 2017 hurricane season before looking at the 2018 prediction.

Forecast: Hurricane season slightly above average

Following last year’s devastating series of storms, Colorado State University weather experts are predicting a slightly above-average hurricane season for 2018.

BVI governor calls for return of Irma evacuees

Financial services workers who were evacuated from the British Virgin Islands after last September’s hurricanes should return there by the end of March, BVI Governor Gus Jaspert said last week during his Speech from the Throne.

Despite hurricanes, Caribbean economies grew in 2017

Gross domestic product in the Caribbean grew by 0.6 percent last year despite being impacted by some of the strongest hurricanes in the region’s history, and is projected to grow by 2 percent this year, according to recently released statistics from the Caribbean Development Bank.

International aid rules limit UK’s disaster relief to its territories

Rules governing international aid targets that prevented the U.K. from spending its foreign development aid budget on hurricane-hit territories in the Caribbean are being reviewed.

Record 2.1 million tourists visited Cayman in 2017

A record number of tourists arrived in the Cayman Islands in 2017, with just over 2.1 million people arriving on these shores by air and sea.

Final RCIPS cohort returning from British Virgin Islands

The final six Royal Cayman Islands Police Service officers who assisted with security efforts in the British Virgin Islands post Hurricane Irma are set to come home next week.
Cayman Compass is the Cayman Islands' most trusted news website. We provide you with the latest breaking news from the Cayman Islands, as well as other parts of the Caribbean.

Jobs bank opened for hurricane-stricken tourism workers

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association has created a “jobs bank” to assist industry workers from hurricane-impacted areas to find jobs around the region.

Cayman’s most memorable photos of 2017

From hurricane hunting to a visiting boxing legend to soca on the streets of George Town, Cayman experienced another colorful, eventful year.

Help for hurricane survivors

The Wellness Centre is offering a free one-hour workshop at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, for families displaced by recent hurricanes.

Squash Club raises funds for Hurricane Irma relief

The South Sound Squash Club recently held fundraisers on Nov. 6 and 7 in order to aid in the repair of squash courts in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, which were heavily damaged by Hurricane Irma.

Life after the storm, a child’s story

Dauria Wattley, a 12-year-old British Virgin Islands evacuee staying in Frank Sound and attending Triple C school in George Town, knows well the effects of a hurricane after seeing her hometown in British Virgin Islands battered first by Hurricane Irma and then by Hurricane Maria.

Rebuilding Puerto Rico

The first order of business must be getting people out of harm's way and providing life's essentials. But there also is a need for a sound, long-term rebuilding and economic plan.

British Virgin Islands looks like ‘a large bomb’ went off

A continued foreign police and military presence will be maintained in the British Virgin Islands, including a contingent of Cayman Islands police officers, Cayman Islands Governor’s Office Chief of Staff Matthew Forbes told the Cayman Compass on his return from a two-week foreign office mission in the BVI.

A stunned Puerto Rico seeks to rebuild after Hurricane Maria

Rescuers fanned out to reach stunned victims Thursday after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, knocking out electricity to the entire island and triggering landslides and floods.

Maria knocks out all power across Puerto Rico

The strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in more than 80 years tore off roofs and doors, knocked out power across the entire island and unleashed heavy flooding Wednesday in an onslaught that could plunge the U.S. territory deeper into financial crisis.

Rahn: Prudence must guide disaster responses and adaptations

Life is all about accessing the probabilities of the risks and costs and benefits of alternative courses of action.

Hurricane Maria hits Puerto Rico after slamming Dominica

Dominica’s leader sent out an emotional call for help as Category 5 Hurricane Maria smashed into the Caribbean island, causing “mind-boggling” devastation, but an ominous silence followed as the island lost all communications on Tuesday and the hurricane took aim at Puerto Rico.

UPDATE: Hurricane Maria smashes Dominica, now menaces Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria smashed into Dominica with 160 mph winds, ripping the roof off even the prime minister's residence and causing what he called "mind-boggling" devastation Tuesday.

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In Caribbean, insured damage from Irma in billions, but economic damage worse

The devastating destruction caused by Hurricane Irma in parts of the Caribbean is expected to result in billions of dollars of insured losses, but the economic damage is likely to be much worse, analysts say.

Rare three-storm formation leads to ‘hurricane déjà vu’

The existence of three hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico at the same time last week brought a bit of déjà vu for international storm observers.

Hurricane Irma: A devastating blow to Florida’s Gulf Coast

MIAMI – The fierce eye of Hurricane Irma roared ashore in Florida on Sunday morning, bringing the full intensity of the storm to bear on the lower Florida Keys before beginning what forecasters say could be a painful journey up the state’s western coastline.

‘Our duty to honor and reciprocate’: Cayman sends aid to beleaguered Caribbean

Although they escaped Irma’s devastation unscathed, long-time residents of the Cayman Islands well recall the aftermath of a catastrophic hurricane. “Many of us remember Hurricane Ivan [in 2004] and the help our sister territories provided to us during that difficult time.”

UPDATE: Tampa airport to close Monday for Irma; Cayman Airways adjusts flights

The Tampa International Airport in Florida will close Monday. Accordingly Cayman Airway's flights to and from Tampa on Monday have been cancelled.

‘Enormous catastrophe’: St. Martin reeling from hurricane damage

Most of the French part of eastern Caribbean Island St. Martin has been destroyed, the president of the territory’s assembly Daniel Gibbs said on Wednesday.

Cayman Airways cancels 20 Florida flights, offers ‘evacuation’ fares

Cayman Airways has announced cancelation of 20 flights on Friday, Saturday and Sunday related to the projected path of Hurricane Irma. To get people out of Florida before Hurricane Irma strikes, the airline is offering flights on Friday, Sept. 8, for $69 one way.

American facing fiream charges allowed to travel because of Irma

An American citizen charged with firearm offenses was bailed on Thursday so that he could travel to Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma’s anticipated impact there. He pleaded with the court to let him go back to Florida to safeguard his family, property and business.

Relief efforts begin for devastated British Virgin Islands

After Hurricane Irma flattened homes throughout the British Virgin Islands when it struck the territory on Wednesday, untold hundreds of residents have had to seek refuge in churches, schools and other public shelters.

Fun Run still on, other weekend events in Cayman postponed

One event scheduled for this weekend in Cayman will go on as scheduled, but a number of others have been canceled or postponed because of inclement weather related to Hurricane Irma.

Red Cross appeals for Hurricane Irma monetary donations

The Cayman Islands Red Cross has started a Hurricane Irma appeal to help those in the region affected by the storm. “We really don’t know the extent of the damage as full assessments haven’t been conducted yet, but based on what we have seen and heard, Irma has been catastrophic."

Hurricane Irma pummels islands, maintains Category 5 strength

Hurricane Irma made its first landfall Wednesday, battering Antigua and Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, St. Martin and St. Barthelemy islands.

Cayman monitors Irma as it batters region

The inhabitants of Cayman have been watching the path of Hurricane Irma with dread and trepidation, but the latest advisories have given them relief. The Category 5 storm arced northwest over the last few days, putting Grand Cayman and the Sister Islands farther out of the menacing swirl of destruction.

Update: Hurricane Irma slams Caribbean islands as Category 5 storm

Hurricane Irma strengthened to historic proportions and continued its trajectory through the Lesser and Greater Antilles on Tuesday, upgraded to a Category 5 storm. As it churns toward the eastern Caribbean, multiple nations are bracing for impact over the next 24 hours.

UPDATED: Hurricane Irma strengthens to Category 5, max winds of 180 mph

Several countries are preparing for a serious impact from Hurricane Irma. An advisory from the U.S. National Hurricane Center on Monday showed the hurricane heading toward the Leeward Islands and potentially striking Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Cuba.

EDITORIAL – Hurricane watch: Keeping our eyes on ‘Ms. Irma’

At the Compass, we will continue to monitor closely the path of Irma and keep our readers updated both in our print editions and, for even more timely information, on our website (caymancompass.com).

Irma bears down on Leewards, likely to track northwest

A hurricane hunter plane from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association was scheduled to depart from the Bahamas late Sunday afternoon to explore Category 3 Hurricane Irma, which was making its way through the central Atlantic.

Hurricane Irma strengthens in Atlantic; now a major hurricane

The National Hurricane Center issued an advisory Thursday about Hurricane Irma, the ninth named storm of the season, which by Thursday afternoon had a maximum sustained wind speed of 100 mph.

Houston eventually will recover, but will it change?

Throughout American history, disasters have turned out to be catalysts in urban transformations.

Smooth landing for Navy response team

Military trucks rolled onto the white sands of Seven Mile Beach on Friday as police and Royal Navy helicopters hovered overhead in a show of strength from the British disaster response team currently operating in the Caribbean.

EDITORIAL – Gimme shelter: ‘Tis the season for preparedness

It’s that time of year again: The Atlantic hurricane season began Thursday, June 1, and will keep the Cayman Islands in suspense for the next six months, until the end of November.
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Hurricane shelter volunteers sought

The Department of Children and Family Services is looking for volunteers to help out during hurricane season in Cayman.

50 years ago: Hurricane Hunter visits Cayman

Last month, storm trackers on board a U.S. Air Force WC-130J Hurricane Hunter flew into Owen Roberts International Airport on their public awareness tour ahead of the Caribbean’s hurricane season.

Hurricane exercise: ‘Practice is always good’

Call it the plan before the storm. Various agencies of the Cayman Islands government came together Wednesday to conduct the annual hurricane exercise, a drill to ensure that everybody is prepared for their role in confronting a major storm.

Hurricane Hunter plane to visit Cayman next week

A Hurricane Hunter aircraft and its crew are due to land in Grand Cayman next week as part of a regional tour in the run-up to the 2017 hurricane season.

Deadly hurricane season comes to an end

Dec. 1 marked the end of a deadly hurricane season in the Atlantic. The 2016 season had 15 named storms, with seven hurricanes and three major storms reaching Category 3 or higher. The biggest storm of the season, Matthew, was the first hurricane in the Atlantic to reach Category 5 since Felix in 2007.

The story of the 1932 Storm aftermath continued

The hurricane that hit the Cayman Islands in November 1932, known as the 1932 Cuba hurricane, or in the Cayman Islands as the 1932 Storm, was a Category 4 hurricane that hit Cayman Brac on the evening of Nov. 8 wreaking widespread destruction and death.

50 years ago: Remembering the great storm of ‘32

The hurricane that hit the Cayman Islands in November 1932, known as the 1932 Cuba hurricane, or in the Cayman Islands as the 1932 Storm, hit Cayman Brac on the evening of Nov. 8 wreaking widespread destruction and death.

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