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Tropical Storm Zeta to bring more rain, rough seas

Tropical Storm Zeta is drifting away from the Cayman Islands, but flood risk and rough seas will persist.

Tropical depression to bring more rain, possible flooding

Tropical Depression 28 has formed south of Grand Cayman. While the system will bring rain throughout the weekend, it is expected to drift away from the Cayman Islands in coming days, according to the National Weather Service.

Fish storm brews in the Atlantic

The Cayman Islands and the wider eastern Caribbean are not expected to be impacted by the current system.

Residents stock up ahead of storm

Residents were buying up supplies Sunday evening, ahead of the expected deterioration of the weather Monday with the onset of tropical storm conditions.

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.

Tropical Storm Nana nears Cayman with heavy rain

A well-organised tropical wave south of Jamaica has begun producing tropical-storm-force winds, according to the US National Hurricane Center’s Tuesday morning forecast.

Forecasters predict ‘extremely active’ season of 24 named storms

Colorado State University researchers have increased their forecast for the Atlantic Basin hurricane season, now predicting an "extremely active" period of two dozen named storms.

Hurricane Isaias heads for Bahamas, Florida

Tropical Storm Isaias has strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane but poses no immediate threat locally.

Crisis management: lessons learned from natural disasters

From an accident that disrupts your supply chain to a firestorm in social media, companies manage minor crises all the time. It is a part of business as usual.

Law and order

During a storm, natural disaster or - as is the case currently - a public health crisis, the police are charged with enforcement of the laws of the Cayman Islands and maintaining public safety.

Coping with an emergency 

When we experience an emergency such as the COVID-19 crisis, a hurricane or an earthquake like the one that struck Cayman in January 2020, we can have a variety of emotional reactions.

Tropical Storm Gonzalo expected to become 2020’s first hurricane

Weather forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida say they expect Tropical Storm Gonzalo to become a category one hurricane as soon as Thursday. If it does it would become the first hurricane for the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

Radio, SMS, email and app planned for emergency alerts

When a 7.7 earthquake shook Cayman and its neighbours in January 2020, an emergency alert intercepted the signals of 16 local radio stations.

Keeping it clean

One of the most important things to prepare for when a hurricane is approaching, or another natural disaster strikes, is the ability to keep everything you use clean.

Tropical wave brings thunderstorms, waterspouts and flooding

Cayman has witnessed some wild weather over the past week, and with hurricane season underway, residents are reminded to stay vigilant and be prepared. Do...

Help your kitchen ride out the storm 

Here’s how to be ready, food-wise, for whatever emergency may come your way – whether that means power outages, localised flooding or a public health emergency that keeps you stuck inside. 

Tropical wave causes power outage and flooding

A tropical wave moving across the Cayman area on Saturday has downed powerlines in at least 99 locations and left some five thousand people without electricity. The system is also supporting thundershowers that have caused localised flooding throughout parts of George Town and Savanah.

Safeguard your home and belongings

Hurricane tracking can sometimes be unpredictable, so it’s important to prepare for the worst whenever there’s a hurricane anywhere in the western Caribbean Sea or the Gulf of Mexico.

RFA Argus carries out mock exercise

Royal Navy officers from the RFA Argus ran through a hurricane exercise in mid-June to assist with disaster preparedness in Cayman.

COVID-19 protocols

Emergency shelters will be operating with physical distancing protocols.

Public shelters

The COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges for public sheltering. Protocols such as social-distancing requirements will limit the number of people who can gather inside shelters, reducing overall capacity.

Hurricane and tropical storm alerts

Hurricane and storm warnings; what to do before, during and after the storm; hurricane terms.

The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale

The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale is a 1 to 5 rating based on a hurricane's sustained wind speed. This scale estimates potential property damage.

What’s in a name?

Hurricane season is officially here, and it's expected to be a busy year for storms in the Atlantic. Two named storms, Arthur and Bertha, formed ahead of the official season, with the third named storm, Cristobal, hitting the Gulf Coast in early June.

Hurricane season forecast

It has already been quite a year for the Cayman Islands in terms of natural disasters. It began with a 7.7 magnitude earthquake that rocked the Cayman Islands in January, followed by a raging fire at the George Town landfill in early March and then the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic

Atlantic Ocean Hurricane Tracking Map

Hurricane tracking map, including PDF download link.

The perfect storm

In a typical year, deployment of Cayman’s National Emergency Operations Centre is uncommon. While its staff and services are tasked with responding to an array of public crises, these threats normally remain theoretical.

Five key lessons

Waiting until a crisis hits is too late. Monitoring, preparation, and rehearsal are the most effective ways to prepare for a catastrophic event.

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