CAYMAN ISLANDS NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
Saturday 30th August, 2008 Posted: 11:34 CIT (16:34 GMT)
AN ALL CLEAR WAS DECLARED FOR GRAND CAYMAN THIS MORNING AT 11:30 A.M. AND NOT YET FOR THE SISTER ISLANDS.
GUSTAV BECOMES AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS CATEGORY 4 HURRICANE.
While an All Clear has been declared and is in effect for Grand Cayman, Hazard Management Cayman Islands (HMCI) is advising Sister Islands’ residents that although weather conditions have improved sufficiently to permit residents free movement, only those with no alternative should be on the roads at this time.
On the south side of Cayman Brac, roads are still being cleared, while on the north side utility repairs are currently underway.
On Little Cayman most roadways are still blocked and crews are working to clear debris.
While HMCI appreciates the public’s desire to check on property and the well being of friends and family, it is in the interest of all Sister Islands’ residents to have utilities restored and roads cleared at the earliest possible time.
Staying off the roads will keep residents safe and allow repair teams to do their work unhampered.
HMCI will announce a complete All Clear for the Sister Islands at the earliest possible time.
Pictured, CUC crews work to restore power to North Side. Power wasnt expected to be restored until Saturday evening or night. Photo: Tammie C. Chisholm
At 1 p.m. Gustav was located near 21.6 N 82.5 W or 176 miles northwest of Grand Cayman or 218 miles west–northwest of Cayman Brac or near the Isle of Youth Cuba. The storm is moving northwest near 14 mph with maximum sustained winds near 145 mph with higher gusts.
Current weather conditions for the Cayman Islands now indicate that tropical storm force winds have now moved out of our area.
The Cayman area will continue to experience cloudy to overcast skies with widely scattered thundershowers, some of which may become locally heavy at times in and around Gustav’s outer rain bands, which will continue spread across the Cayman area for the next 24 hours. Rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches are likely, therefore flooding of low lying areas is expected to continue and all residents in such areas should have and continue to take necessary precautions.
Southeasterly winds of 20 to 25 knots with higher gusts will continue to be experience over the Sister Islands through this afternoon decreasing to 15 to 20 knots with higher gusts from tonight. Southwesterly winds of 15 to 20 knots with higher gusts over Grand Cayman through tonight decreasing and becoming southerly 10 to 15 knots with higher gusts by tomorrow morning.
Wave heights of 12 to 14 feet can be expected to linger over our area for the next 24 hours, before gradually subsiding. Wave heights are likely to be higher along the west and southern coasts of Grand Cayman and east and southern coast for the Sister Islands.