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Can't Stop Lightning Strikes...

A Lightning Detection System, donated to the Cayman Islands National Weather Service (CINWS) by the UK's Meteorological Office, is to benefit Cayman.

Equipment for the system should arrive on-island within the next few weeks and the donor office has advised the Office of the Governor of the project. Officers from the UK MET Office are expected to install the components as well as provide technical and user training.

"A lightning detection system is an invaluable tool for airport operations, in various areas of aircraft safety management," said CINWS Director General Fred Sambula. "Lightning can negatively impact areas such as aircraft refuelling and deplaning or boarding passengers."

He explained that the new system will provide weather forecasters with data on lightning intensity and frequency in several weather systems, including cold fronts, tropical waves and hurricanes.

"This will afford us better analysis regarding intensity and development of such systems when they threaten the Cayman Islands," added Mr. Sambula.

"Overall, our early warning system will be further enhanced by providing the public with better information for protecting life and property."

CINWS falls under the Ministry of District Administration, Works, Lands and Agriculture, whose officials welcomed the development.

"We are delighted with this UK MET Office initiative," said Deputy Premier and Works Minister Juliana O'Connor-Connolly, JP. "It can only further enhance the capacity and efficiency of our National Weather Services."