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HMCI tests ability to deal with tsunami on busy day

HMCI tests ability to deal with tsunami on busy day

| 14/03/2019 | 17 Comments

(CNS): Officials from Hazard Management Cayman Islands (HMCI) took part in a regional tsunami exercise on Thursday to test how the country could respond to a tsunami warning following a massive 8.47 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Panama. Danielle Coleman, the director of HMCI, said the agency wants to critically examine the response and […]

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Earth heading for hottest decade since records began

Earth heading for hottest decade since records began

| 06/02/2019 | 46 Comments

(CNS): The Met Office, the UK’s National Meteorological Service, is forecasting that global average surface temperatures over the next five years are likely to be 1°C or more above pre-industrial levels, as the world is now in the midst of what is likely to be the warmest decade (2014 to 2023) since records began in 1850. […]

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BOT minister says climate change situation ‘grave’

BOT minister says climate change situation ‘grave’

| 28/01/2019 | 72 Comments

(CNS): The UK minister with responsibility for the British Overseas territories, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, has said that climate change is not an abstract theoretical risk but a real problem that is “much graver than previously thought” and happening now, driving people from their homes, threatening sustainable development and trade while exacerbating conflict and instability. […]

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MOT makes unsupported claims about port

MOT makes unsupported claims about port

| 15/01/2019 | 76 Comments

(CNS): The tourism ministry issued a press statement Monday making unsubstantiated claims about the impact of potential future weather events if and when the George Town cruise port is constructed. The short statement claimed that fears the cruise berthing facility and cargo port could exacerbate flooding in instances of extreme weather were incorrect because unidentified engineers […]

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Regional forecast warns of more drought for Cayman

Regional forecast warns of more drought for Cayman

| 10/01/2019 | 52 Comments

(CNS): In a regional weather outlook published this week, the Barbados-based Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) has predicted continued drought and dry spells across many parts of the region for the first quarter of 2019, largely due to the emerging El Niño. The regional weather experts pointed out that the Cayman Islands is one […]

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2018 another dry year for Cayman

2018 another dry year for Cayman

| 06/01/2019 | 27 Comments

(CNS): Less than 44 inches of rain fell in the Cayman Islands in 2018, almost 13 inches below the 30-year average of 56.2 inches, the National Weather Service has revealed in its annual assessment of the islands’ rainfall. Although well short of 2016, the hottest driest year on record, last year was still much drier than […]

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George Town flooded by rough seas

George Town flooded by rough seas

| 22/12/2018 | 84 Comments

(CNS): Rough seas with high waves closed parts of the George Town waterfront Friday night and continued Saturday as the harbour front and cargo port were flooded. The police warned motorists to avoid North Church and South Church Streets after closing off the roads. Waterfront bars and restaurants were all closed on what should have […]

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Cayman emerges unscathed from 2018 storm season

Cayman emerges unscathed from 2018 storm season

| 30/11/2018 | 17 Comments

(CNS): All was quiet in the Atlantic on Friday, as the 2018 hurricane season officially ended. While the Cayman Islands once again remained unscathed, the season brought devastation to the United States, where Florence and Michael caused significant damage. In total there were 15 named storms, including eight hurricanes, two of which were major.  “This […]

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People’s voices to be heard on climate change

People’s voices to be heard on climate change

| 22/11/2018 | 42 Comments

(CNS): World renowned conservationist and TV documentary maker, Sir David Attenborough, will be relating the stories of people from all over the world about their experiences with climate change at the United Nations conference on the issue next month. Sir David has been asked by the UN to give a landmark speech to world leaders, […]

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UN urges Caribbean to wake up to sea level rise

UN urges Caribbean to wake up to sea level rise

| 12/11/2018 | 46 Comments

(CNS): A new campaign has been launched by the United Nations Economic and Social Council to create a climate change survival blueprint for the Caribbean. The effort is being led by Inga Rhonda King, president of the council who is from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and the council is set to hold a meeting Tuesday at […]

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Weather expert reminds public of November storms

Weather expert reminds public of November storms

| 02/11/2018 | 26 Comments

(CNS): Cayman Islands National Weather Service Director General John Tibbetts is reminding the public that hurricane season is not over yet, and although there are currently no signs of any tropical cyclones in the Atlantic, storms are not uncommon in November. Posting on social media, Tibbetts pointed to data collected by scientists at the National Hurricane Center that […]

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