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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.
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.
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.
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.
Even as Hurricane Dorian continued to wreak havoc in the Bahamas Monday, relief efforts were already getting under way.
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.
Movement of dry air and dust from the Sahara desert is keeping the Caribbean hurricane season at bay – for now.
Forecasters are predicting a more active end to what has been a relatively quiet Atlantic hurricane season.
The first pet-friendly hurricane shelters will open their doors to Cayman Islands residents in the event of a storm this summer.
The British Navy landed at Seven Mile Beach on Friday morning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The southeastern Caribbean went on alert Tuesday, as the first hurricane and tropical storm watches were issued for Isaac.
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.
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.
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.
The Cayman Islands Red Cross recently gathered 100 volunteers to take part in the annual pre-hurricane meeting.
Subtropical Storm Alberto, the first named storm of the year, has formed near the Yucatan Peninsula.
There is no way of predicting if, where or when severe weather will strike Cayman, but forewarned is forearmed.
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.
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.
Following last year’s devastating series of storms, Colorado State University weather experts are predicting a slightly above-average hurricane season for 2018.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From hurricane hunting to a visiting boxing legend to soca on the streets of George Town, Cayman experienced another colorful, eventful year.
The Wellness Centre is offering a free one-hour workshop at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, for families displaced by recent hurricanes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.”
The Tampa International Airport in Florida will close Monday. Accordingly Cayman Airway's flights to and from Tampa on Monday have been cancelled.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 made its first landfall Wednesday, battering Antigua and Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, St. Martin and St. Barthelemy islands.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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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.
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.
The Department of Children and Family Services is looking for volunteers to help out during hurricane season in 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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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