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Rough waves in Grand Cayman

Small craft warning to last through Saturday morning

A small craft warning remains in effect through Saturday morning due to a strong high pressure system over the western Atlantic, according to the Cayman Islands National Weather Service. 

Cold front brings rough seas

The National Weather Service is forecasting strong winds and rough seas for at least the next 24 hours as a high-pressure system is forming behind a cold front that is currently east of Cayman.

Small-craft warning remains in effect

A small craft warning remains in effect Wednesday as a strong pressure gradient across the northwest Caribbean will produce strong winds and rough seas around the Cayman Islands, according to the National Weather Service.

Cold front bringing rough seas, windy weather

Fresh northeasterly winds and rough seas are expected on Saturday night and through Sunday afternoon as a cold front becomes stationary east of the Cayman Islands area, forecasters say.

Marine warning extended as rough seas continue

The National Weather Service has extended its marine warning, projecting rough seas to continue over the next 24 hours.

Marine warning in effect Tuesday

The Cayman Islands will be under a marine warning on Tuesday, 29 Dec., according to the National Weather Service. 

Marine Warning in effect Boxing Day

A marine warning is in effect Saturday and all small craft should remain in safe harbour, according to the National Weather Service. 

Small craft warning in effect for Christmas day

A small craft warning is set to be in effect starting the afternoon of Friday, 25 Dec. due to a cold front over the Gulf of Mexico, according to the National Weather Service.

Severe weather expected Wednesday

Near gale-force winds and waves of up to 9 feet are expected to impact the Cayman Islands on Wednesday, the National Weather Service is warning.

TS Eta continues to bring rain

Although Tropical Storm Eta is now located to the west of southern Florida, it continues to bring scattered showers and rough seas to the Cayman Islands as one of the storm’s spiral bands is rotating across the northern Caribbean.

Eta heads for Florida Keys

The centre of Tropical Storm Eta was expected to pass near or over the Florida Keys Sunday night and early Monday, the US National Weather Service reported.

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All-clear: Tropical storm warning lifted on Grand Cayman

Deputy Governor Franz Manderson and the National Emergency Operations Centre announced Saturday afternoon that the all clear will be signaled and the tropical storm warning for Grand Cayman will be lifted at 4pm as Tropical Storm Eta continues to move north of the island.

Update: Clean-up begins as Tropical Storm Eta passes

Update: Clean-up crews were beginning to remove downed trees and electricity poles from areas throughout the Cayman Islands early Saturday afternoon, as winds and...

Power outages as Eta nears

More than 7,000 customers on Grand Cayman lost power Saturday morning as heavy rains from the approaching storm Eta continued across the island.

Updated: Eta on track to move closer to Grand Cayman

Storm Eta is expected to bring tropical-storm-force winds to the Cayman Islands by Saturday afternoon, the National Weather Service stated in its Friday morning update.

Eta could make turn toward Cayman tonight

Forecasters are now projecting a northeast turn for tropical depression Eta later Thursday, putting Cayman in the path of the weather system which is expected to re-intensify when it leaves Central America.

Eta expected to weaken to a tropical depression, sets path to Florida

Storm Eta pummeled Nicaragua and Honduras with torrential rain on Wednesday after triggering major floods and landslides in Central America, reportedly killing at least three people and stranding dozens of fishermen in the Atlantic.

‘Dangerous’ Cat 4 Hurricane Eta continues to strengthen

Hurricane Eta continued to strengthen on Monday night as it moved towards the coast of Nicaragua, and could become a Category 5 storm by Tuesday, as winds increased to 150 miles per hour

UPDATE: Weather service issues flood warning

The Cayman Islands National Weather Service has issued a flood warning, which is expected to remain in effect until Sunday evening as heavy rains are forecast over the weekend.

Epsilon now a Cat 1 hurricane

Tropical Storm Epsilon was upgraded to a category one hurricane and is expected to further strengthen Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center has said.

3 weather systems in region

Meteorologists are keeping an eye on three weather systems are currently in the Caribbean area.

Storm likely to ‘brush’ west coast of Grand Cayman Tuesday morning

Director General of Cayman’s National Weather Service John Tibbetts said the encroaching Tropical Storm Delta appears to be drifting west of the Cayman Islands and, on its current path, the islands will be “spared significant impact”.

Tropical Depression 25 forms in Caribbean

Tropical Storm 25 has formed in the northwest Caribbean, prompting warnings and watches along the the Yucatan Peninsula.

Tropical wave forms near Jamaica

A tropical wave south of Jamaica could form into a depression over the weekend, as it moves into the northwestern Caribbean Sea. The system does not pose an immediate threat to the Cayman Islands but residents should monitor its progress.

Time for Greek alphabet: Subtropical Storms Alpha and Beta form

The Atlantic hurricane season ran through the year’s list of named storms on Friday and moved right into the back-up naming system using the Greek alphabet. As of late Friday morning, three tropical formations were active in the Atlantic: Hurricane Teddy, Tropical Storm Wilfred and Subtropical Storm Alpha.

Hurricane season forecast to remain active in coming weeks

The next two weeks of the Atlantic hurricane season are forecast to bring above-average activity, according to the latest report by Colorado State University’s Tropical Meteorology Project.

Bermuda feeling effects of Hurricane Paulette

Although the eye of Hurricane Paulette was moving away from Bermuda Monday morning hurricane-force winds and torrential rains associated with the now Category 2 storm is affecting the island.

17th named storm of 2020 hurricane season forms

Tropical Storm Rene has developed in the central Atlantic, the 17th named storm of the 2020 hurricane season, and the second to form today.

Tropical Storm Paulette forms in Atlantic

A tropical depression being tracked in the Atlantic by meteorologists has developed in Tropical Storm Paulette, the 16th named storm of this year's busy hurricane season.

Tropical Storm Nana moving away from Cayman area

Tropical Storm Nana is moving away from the Cayman area, but is expected to continue to bring showers and cloudy weather through tomorrow, the National Weather Service reported this morning.

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.

Tropical depression likely to form

Forecasters are keeping a close watch on two tropical waves that have emerged in the Atlantic basin.

Tropical Storm Warning issued for Sister Islands

Tropical Storm Laura was located 209 miles east-northeast of Cayman Brac at 10pm Sunday night, and is expected to be at its closest point to the Brac around 6am Monday.

Depression strengthens into Tropical Storm Laura

The National Hurricane Center has upgraded Tropical Depression 13 to Tropical Storm Laura as the system's wind speeds strengthened to 45 miles per hour.

Tropical Depression 14 forms in Caribbean

A tropical depression just south of Jamaica, is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm by Friday (tomorrow), as it makes its way pass the Cayman Islands.

Third weather system forms in Atlantic

The US National Hurricane Center is monitoring three active systems in the Atlantic basin.

Tropical wave expected to strengthen

A tropical wave in the eastern Caribbean is expected to strengthen in the coming days.

2 tropical waves form in Atlantic

Forecasters are monitoring two tropical waves that formed over the weekend.

Tropical Depression 11 expected to strengthen today

Tropical Depression 11 is forecast to gradually strengthen later today and is expected to become a tropical storm, US forecasters have predicted.

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.

Gonzalo forecast to dissipate by Monday

Weather forecasters are predicting that Tropical Storm Gonzalo is likely to continue to weaken over the weekend and potentially dissipate by Monday.

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.

Tropical depression now Tropical Storm Gonzalo

The National Hurricane Center and the Cayman Islands National Weather Service are currently monitoring two tropical waves in the Atlantic Basin.

Mid-level trough brings showers, thunder

The National Weather Service has said residents can expect showers and thunder over the next 24 hours as a mid-level trough associated with the passage of a tropical wave over the Northwest Caribbean affects the Cayman area.

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

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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. 

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.

Dust devil causes stir

Viral videos showing whirling dust devils have been making the rounds in Cayman. National Weather Services Director General John Tibbetts has said the natural phenomenon is not uncommon and are usually signs of atmospheric instability.

Rainfall deficit persists, despite recent showers

A week of sporadic heavy showers brought 3.74 inches of rainfall across Grand Cayman and some parts of the Sister Islands.

Rain, rain go away

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First named storm of season forms

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

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Defrost

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High winds, rough seas expected this weekend

Swimmers and boaters are urged to use caution this weekend as a high pressure system is expected to bring high winds and seas starting Saturday.

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