While Tropical Storm Earl continues to race west, the storm watch has been discontinued for the Sister Islands. The tropical storm watch advisory remains in effect for Grand Cayman. Below is the latest press release from the National Weather Service:
At 11 am the National Hurricane Center in Miami Florida has begun issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Earl. At this time, TS Earl, was located near 16.3N 80.2W or about 215 miles south-southeast of Grand Cayman with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. TS Earl is expected to continue moving towards the west at around 22 mph.
Given the new details, the Cayman Islands National Weather Service has discontinued the Tropical Storm Watch for the Sister Islands but will keep a Tropical Storm Watch for Grand Cayman. While this puts the Sister Islands in the clear, some showers and thunderstorms may still be experienced in the area.
Grand Cayman can expect an increase in cloudiness and showers from this afternoon as TS Earl moves west of our area tonight. The current models indicate that rainfall will pass to the south of Grand Cayman with approximately 1 inch of rainfall expected over the island. However, there is the potential for some of these showers to be locally heavy at times and may lead to flooding of low lying areas.
Over Grand Cayman, moderate to fresh east to southeasterly winds near 10 to 15 knots and rough seas with wave heights of 4 to 6 will become very strong – near 20 to 25 knots, with wave heights increasing to 7 to 9 feet by this evening. High gusts are likely during showers. All marine interests in Grand Cayman should seek safe harbour and remain there until further notice.
While conditions over the Sister Islands are expected to be slightly better; some showers and thunderstorms can be expected. Wind speeds should remain near 15 to 20 knots with higher gusts possibly during showers. Seas will remain rough with wave heights of 4 to 6 feet. A small craft warning is in effect for the Sister Islands.
All residents in Grand Cayman should continue to be attentive to any new weather bulletins from the Cayman Islands National Weather Service.
The next bulletin will be issued at 5 p.m. this evening.