Severe weather warning ahead for Sister Islands

| 30/09/2016 | 24 Comments
Cayman News Service

Hurricane Matthew 11am Saturday 1 October 2016

(CNS): As Hurricane Matthew rapidly increased to a category 4 hurricane Friday, the National Weather Service said it would be issuing a severe weather warning for the Sister Islands as the system was expected to pass within 240 miles of Cayman Brac on Monday. Cayman Airways also announced it would be waiving change fees for passengers who want to cancel flights to or from the Sister Islands and Jamaica, and the airline has added an extra flight from Grand Cayman to Montego Bay and Kingston on Sunday.

At 7pm local time Friday Matthew was about 440 miles SE of Kingston, Jamaica packing winds of 150mph. But as Matthew passes to the east on Monday, the Sister Islands can expect cloudy overcast skies with intermittent locally heavy showers and thunder, leading to localised flooding of low lying areas. Winds will be north to northwest 25 to 30 knots with higher gusts with very rough seas and waves of up to 9 feet and a possible storm surge up to three feet.

On Friday evening the NHC public advisory described Matthew as extremely dangerous and on its current forecast path it is headed directly for Jamaica, where it will arrive on Sunday night or Monday morning. Moving WSW at 9mph the experts said a westward motion at a slower forward speed was expected to continue Friday night and through Saturday.  A turn toward the west-northwest is forecast for Saturday night, followed by a turn toward the northwest on Sunday for the category 4 hurricane, which may fluctuate in intensity but it will remain a powerful hurricane through Sunday.

For more details on local weather visit www.weather.ky or www.caymanprepared.ky and for full hurricane information check http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

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  1. Anonymous says:

    hope all will be safe please god

    • Anonymous says:

      It a meteorological event. Not a god that moves the wind.
      Very irritating to read these comments.

      • Anonymous says:

        It is God who forms things like this to clean up the place an blow away nonbelieving trash like u,when Ivan hit many of u had to run away because all of ur money couldn’t help n u all would have perished but we that stayed n depended on God survived an build back our home just to have more scum like u back here,I hate ppl like u an I can’t wait until Matthew hit which by the way is the first book of the New testament so u can be blown away like the garbage u are.P.S. I am not a Christian just a punishment from God

  2. Anonymous says:

    Bless all those in its path

  3. Anonymous says:

    How well I remember that morning in 2004, waking up to see Ivan had ‘bounced’ off Jamaica and was taking a slightly more westerly path….. well, gotta run. See you at Fosters!

  4. Anonymous says:

    My prayers and thoughts are with Jamaica.

  5. Anonymous says:

    The article yesterday ‘threat of Matthew diminishes’ – yet more evidence given this article of how much guess work involved in weather forecasts.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Perfect timing, let the government handouts begin in Cayman Brac. After all elections are right around the corner.

    • Anonymous says:

      I wonder how many handouts you take each day! Bet your loser ass don’t even have a real job. All idiots like You do is spew hate for what reason? Do you think that the people of Cayman Brac want to be in the position that they find themselves in?! Blame the Government for that not the people!! Get a life you good for nothing internet troll!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Yep they were giving out plywood yesterday

  7. Anonymous says:

    Can these people make up their mind? no they can’t because weather is always changing, and if this storm doesn’t make that turn to the north soon they will be singing the same song for grand cayman

    • Anonymous says:

      the National Hurricane Center has had the same turn in their forecast for a number of days now. What would you like them to make up their mind about?

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