Published 23rd October 2012, 10:11am
Tropical Storm Sandy is currently moving to the north northeast at 5 mph with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and higher gusts. Storm force winds extend outwards up to 90 miles from the centre. Strengthening is forecast over the next 24 hours and Sandy is forecast to be a hurricane when it approaches Jamaica on Wednesday. A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Jamaica. A Hurricane Watch has been issued for the eastern provinces of Cuba
At the present time, Tropical Storm Sandy is not forecast to head directly to the Cayman Islands. Forecast models indicate that the severe weather associated with this strengthening cyclone should remain to the east of the Cayman area, however cloudiness and showers are expected to spread into our area from Tuesday night through Friday morning. Locally heavy showers are likely and may lead to flooding of low lying areas, especially over the Sister Islands on Wednesday and Thursday.
The Tropical Storm (along with a high pressure system located over the southeastern United States) is influencing our weather and producing fresh east to northeast winds, and rough seas over the Cayman area. As Tropical Storm Sandy is expected to strengthen, winds affecting the Cayman Islands are also expected to increase. The National Weather Service is urging boat operators to seek safe harbor today as marine conditions may deteriorate, resulting in a marine warning being issued for the Cayman Islands tomorrow (Wednesday). The Weather Service is forecasting that the wind direction will gradually shift towards the north northwest by Thursday as the system moves over eastern Cuba.
Residents of the Cayman Islands should closely monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Sandy.