Residents of the Cayman Islands will start off the 2016 Hurricane season with heavy rains and flooding as forecasted by the National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center Miami FL.There is an expected increase in shower as cloudy rainy conditions associated with an upper level trough over the Northwest Caribbean is expected to continue supporting thundershowers across the Cayman area . This is related to a broad low pressure area that is expected to form over the southern Gulf of Mexico by early next week. Additional slow development of the low could occur as it subsequently moves north-northeastward. Showers may be locally heavy at times and possibly lead to localized flooding.
Right on cue the 2016 hurricane season has started and the inclement weather is a reminder that we are in the hurricane belt. The early outlook calls for 13 named storms, including 6 hurricanes, 2 of which are predicted to attain major hurricane status (Category 3 or stronger on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale).
Residents should have completed their hurricane preparations and use this opportunity to prepare their cisterns, patch leaks and check their rain gear.
The Cayman Islands is prone to flooding as this photo shows. The picture was taken one day after hurricane Ivan had passed in 2004, and shows the Cayman National Roundabout in Georgetown under water.
Residents are encouraged to pay attention to media sources on a regular basis for updates and changing weather patterns that may disrupt daily living during the next 6 months. Cayman Weekly will publish weekly tips that will keep our readers updated during the 2016 season.