Twister hits Little Cayman

| 19/04/2010

(CNS): Updated 10:45 am — Eyewitnesses on Little Cayman say there is some damage to Lighthouse Point condos on the western tip of Little Cayman after a tornado hit the island yesterday evening. Reports suggest that there is little damage to theexterior of the affected buildings but several ceilings caved in. Hazard Management Cayman Islands has confirmed that a little after 7pm yesterday evening (Sunday 18 April) a tornado came ashore on the west side of Little Cayman close to Lighthouse Point.

Director of National Weather Service Fred Sambula confirmed the incident. “There was an area of thunderstorms with strong convection in the general area of the Sister Islands, but in the absence of Doppler radar, it is impossible to confirm exactly what occurred. We know that areas of strong convection can produce micro bursts and spin ups that are usually short lived and very localized, however it is also possible to get a strong burst of wind during squally conditions," he said.
The condos in question are said to belong to local businessman Robert Hamaty and damage was also reported at Valda and Jonny Scott"s property.
HMCI said while it was unable to confirm that the property damage in Little Cayman was actually caused by a tornado, it is not unusual to see waterspouts in the nearshore waters and open waters of the Cayman Islands, but they rarely come ashore. Hazard management warned residents to take waterspouts seriously. “If you are a boater or a person living along the coast you should be aware of their destructive potential. When warnings are issued for waterspouts, be prepared to quickly seek safe harbor, or to find shelter out of the path of the waterspout,” a spokesperson said. .
The tornado comes less than twenty-four hours after two small earthquakes occurred off the coast of Grand Cayman.
CNS would be grateful to readers for any pictures or witness information on the event. Please contact wendyledger@caymannewsservice.com

 

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  1. Anonymous says:

    This is serious time in which we are living.  We need to open our eyes and see that the coming of the Lord is near.

    • S. A. Tan says:

      That would be useful since he’s reportedly a carpenter and there’s roofs that need fixing.  Hopefully he’ll bring his tools and get on with helping us out here with that. 

      Now that I’m thinking, I wonder if he can turn some water into Caybrew for us come quiting time?  Now that would be really useful.

      Mr Tan

    • Anonymous says:

      This is god speaking – since i am coming very soon, please give away all your possesions to the poor and needy immediately. if you do that you will then be allowed into heaven. You will not need your wordly goods up there, remeber it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than a rich man to enter my kingdom, and if you own a house, or a car or nice clothes or a computer than youare rich. There are plenty of people out there without these luxuries. Do it now, the end could come as soon as tomorrow……..

  2. Anonymous says:

    I hope no one was hurt!!