Cayman gets all clear on Tropical Storm Fay

| 18/08/2008

As Tropical Storm Fay moved towards Florida, all warnings and watches are discontinued for the Cayman Islands. The Hazard Management Cayman Islands’ Joint Communications Service warned that Cayman could still experience heavy showers which may lead to flooding of low-lying areas, mainly over the Sister Islands.

At 8:00 am Monday (18 August) Tropical Storm Fay was located about 80 miles east of Havana, Cuba and about 100 miles south-southeast of Key West and gaining strength.  Moving toward the north-northwest near 12 mph, the motion was expected to continue for the next 24 hours with a turn to the north expected on Tuesday.  Maximum sustained winds are now near 60 mph with higher gusts and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 105 miles.  Some strengthening is expected as the centre of Fay moves over water and it may be approaching hurricane strength by the time it gets to Florida where a state of emergency has been declared.

CNS contacted Cayman Airways and was informed that by 9:00 am no flights had yet been cancelled but they were unsure if this situation would change later in the day.

The sixth storm of what experts predict will be an unusually busy Atlantic hurricane season, Fay has claimed at least four lives in Haiti and the Dominican Republic with torrential rains and floods.


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