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Two new weather systems take shape in Atlantic

Forecasters are expecting an active week ahead in the Atlantic basin as two new systems emerge on the radar, one of which has a high chance of formation over the next 48 hours through to the next five days.

Hurricane Ida to hit US as Category 4 storm

Grand Cayman residents breathed a collective sigh of relief after Tropical Storm Ida veered east of the island early Friday morning. Now, Ida is set to hit the United States as an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 hurricane.

Flooding likely in Cayman as tropical wave nears

Forecasters say a tropical wave sweeping through the Caribbean Sea, south of Cayman, could develop into a tropical depression or storm this week.

National Roads Authority begins Grace clear-up

National Roads Authority staff and private contractors have begun systematic clearing of roads and drains of debris from last week's Tropical Storm Grace.

More showers in Cayman as Fred rebuilds north of Cuba

The National Weather Service expects more scattered showers with moderate winds and seas in the Cayman area today. 

Consuls to contact

The Cayman Islands has honorary consuls who can act on behalf of their citizens on-island.

Make an emergency plan

Keep your family and home safe by having an emergency plan in place.

Keeping your mental health in check

Experiencing an emergency – such as the ongoing pandemic or the massive George Town landfill fire in March of 2021 – can trigger a variety of emotional reactions, all of which can be common responses to difficult situations.

COVID Precautions

While restrictions have been relaxed since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020, the Cayman Islands remains vigilant in the fight against COVID-19 and its variants.

Mind the mosquitoes

In Cayman, mosquitoes are not only annoying pests, but some species carry serious viral illness.

Prepare your pets

Planning ahead is the key to keeping your pets safe if disaster strikes.

Policing during an emergency

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

What to do in a tsunami

The Cayman Islands could be hit by a tsunami so you must be prepared should a warning be issued.

Update: Tropical Storm Elsa forms, heading towards Windward Islands

Tropical Storm Elsa has formed in the Atlantic basin and is set to impact the Cayman Islands later this weekend based on its current track.

Can I eat it?

Food safety is paramount during an emergency, whether that means power outages, localised flooding or a public health emergency that keeps you stuck indoors.

Sanitise it

One of the most important things to prepare in the event of a hurricane – or another emergency – is the ability to keep everything you use clean and sanitary.

First aid kit

A well-stocked first aid kit can help you respond effectively to common injuries and emergencies.

Be prepared for an earthquake

You never know when an earthquake might strike, as the people of the Cayman Islands discovered last year.

Message from Danielle Coleman, Director, Hazard Management Cayman Islands

The 2020 hurricane season goes into the history books as the most active season on record, and the costliest.

CERT teams help in crises

Join your Community Emergency Response Team to assist in an emergency.

Fire prevention and safety

Many home fires are preventable. A little bit of planning can go a long way to protect your loved ones and your property.

Batten down the hatches

There are several steps residents can take to give their home and belongings a fighting chance against a storm.

The National Hurricane Emergency Plan

Cayman’s National Tropical Storm and Hurricane Plan is what is termed a ‘hazard specific’ plan and it sits under the main National Hazard Management Plan.

Hurricane season forecast – Cayman’s outlook for 2021

As we start to look at the upcoming hurricane season it is critical to take a look back at the past season.

First Aid Kit

A well-stocked first aid kit can help you respond effectively to common injuries and emergencies.

Emergency Shelters: Know where to go

If your home is hurricane-proof and is in a safe location, it is the best place to ride out a storm.

Sort out travel documents

Cayman Islands residents should ensure that their official documents are up to date and secure for the hurricane season, and other potential emergencies.

Atlantic storm names for 2021

After the most active hurricane season on record in 2020, there will be some changes to how storms are named.

COVID-19 Shelter Protocols

While the Cayman Islands is more relaxed now with social distancing, public gatherings and other COVID-19 protocols, public shelters are still exercising caution.

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.

Disaster Supply Kit Checklist

A disaster supply kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. Prepare a kit in advance and have it handy in case you have to evacuate at a moment’s notice.

Hurricane and tropical storm alerts

When a tropical cyclone is likely to affect the Cayman Islands, warnings will be issued.
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.

TS Eta: Evacuees return to their homes, clean-up continues

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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.

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