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Hurricane Idalia a reminder to keep safe

Opinions & Editorial 31 Aug, 2023 Follow News

George Town has taken a battering by huge waves these past few days

While the Cayman Islands has only received a small portion of the force from what is now Hurricane Idalia, the heavy rainfall and resultant flooding, high winds and coast battering waves Cayman has received in recent days as this potentially devastating storm forms must be a sobering reminder for all of us that we are right in the middle of hurricane season.

Residents are encouraged to ensure they have taken all precautions necessary to ensure that they and their loved ones remain safe this active hurricane season. Record-breakingly high ocean temperatures will only serve to fuel hurricane activity, so Cayman residents must stay vigilant at all costs. We are fortunate that this current storm is heading away from Cayman (at the time of writing) and up to northwest Florida, where residents have been warned about the potentially life-threatening storm surges and king tides this storm may bring.

This could so easily have been Cayman.

As we see the storm leaving our area, it gives residents a bit of breathing space to think carefully about their hurricane preparedness. Ensure you know where you will wait out a storm, should one head our way, somewhere that is less likely prone to flooding and wind damage. Ensure you have provisions, water and medications for your family and pets and keep your important documents and paperwork in a waterproof container.  It is important to have a flashlight, portable radio and cash to hand, all very necessary during and after a storm.

Visit https://caymanprepared.ky/hurricanes/guidance.html  for some excellent guidance on how to prepare for a storm, how to survive a storm, and post-hurricane safety.

Stay safe, Cayman.

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