Ida passes Cayman Islands

| 07/11/2009

(CNS):  Updated Sunday 8am – Tropical Storm Ida was located near 19.5 N 84.4 W or 197 miles west of Grand Cayman at 7 pm, according to the National Hurricane Centre in Miami, Florida. Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Grand Cayman and the Cayman Islands National Weather Service advises residents to continue to monitor the progress of this storm and take all necessary precautions. The Cayman area will continue to experience cloudy to overcast skies with scattered showers and some thunder through tomorrow evening. Showers will be locally heavy at times leading to flooding in low lying areas.

Residents in low lying areas should take all necessary precautions. Weather models indicate that an additional 1 to 2 inches are likely over the next 24 hours.

Winds over the open seas will be from the southeast 15 to 20 knots with higher gusts in squally conditions potentially reaching tropical storm force. Marine conditions will be rough with wave heights 5 to 7 feet. All crafts should seek safe harbour and remain there until further notice.

Ida has maximum sustained winds near 70 mph and is moving towards the north-northwest at 10 mph. This general heading with a gradual increase in forward speed is expected during the next day or so. Ida is expected to become a hurricane tonight or Sunday… but weakening is forecast after it enters the Gulf of Mexico by Sunday night. On the current forecast track, Ida is expected to move through the Yucatan Channel on Sunday and into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico Sunday night.

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  1. As your Premier..... says:

    Looks like we dodged a bullet.  I just hope McKeeva doesn’t take credit for it as "guardian".

  2. Anonymous says:

    Please! Cayman took so long to put anything up. Jokers.

  3. honky tonky says:

    Yes, thanks CNS…keeping us up dated on everything re: Cayman Islands.  All you find on Cayman Prepared this morning is about H1N1, haven’t checked it this afternoon, doubt anything I don’t know already is on there. is good though, I think that is the met office site.

    Keep up the good work CNS!

    • Anonymous says:

      I was on Cayman Prepared this morning and there was an H1N1 headline and a TS Ida headline and when I clicked on the link for the TS Ida headline it took me to a page with the latest information.   

  4. Anonymous says:

    There is a headline and link to the full story on the front page of regarding TS Ida.



    • Anonymous says:

      No worries folks! If we survived Mckeeva Bush yesterday, we sure as hell can survive Ida today, tomorrow & always!

      • Anonymous says:

        Are you telling me that we can"t leave politics out of the weather issues…..what a flippin Moran 14.37 go and eat a Banana!

    • Anonymous says:


      This was actually put up long after the post below though. I had already checked there before I checked CNS this morning and was also quite surprised to find that the alert which was on the site was in regard to H1N1 and the last time there was an update on the storm was on Thursday under tha main article discussing swine flu. I then googled ‘IDA’ and found an article where Cayman was under a tropical storm warning before I saw it anywhere else. That was truly amazing and disappointing at the same time.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thank you CNS. You are the only online source which I have seen that has put up any current info about the system and what it means to us. The fact that "Cayman Prepared" is NEVER prepared with its information is ridiculous. There is no decent online alert system. If the news can’t be disseminated immediately, what is the point of having it? Especially when it comes to natural disaster threats like hurricanes. Not even…the government website has anything up. Both sites are a waste when it comes to things like this in my opinion. Even worse is the fact that this warning was issued quite suddenly, it makes I even more necessary for people to me told ASAP. Good thing this isn’t a major threat.

    • Anonymous says:

      Government sites are run by civil servants who dont work on holidays and weekends.

      You can expect some info from them come next tuesday.

      • Anonymous says:

        I’m working right now – reading your post.

      • Anonymous says:

        Dear Anonymous at 13:07

        You can kiss my ass.  I work most holidays and most weekends for no extra pay.

        One angry civil servant 

        • Anonymous says:

          OMG! You must be Jacko’s Butler.

          What a demonstration of a true civil servant.

        • Animosity says:

          It is good that you work on holidays and weekends because you do nothing during the normal work week.

          • Anonymous says:

            You have no idea what I do or when I do it.  You assume (incorrectly) and then criticize – the mark of a fool. 

    • anonymous says:

      There are infact six press releases about this system on Cayman Prepared and the information dates back to middle of last week on Wednesday 04/11/09.


      • Anonymous says:

        There weren’t any this morning though! I found out about the warning issued by OUR government by seeing it on a Florida news website.

    • Anonymous says:

      Why on earth are we funding a Hazard Management Department in the civil service at taxpayers’ expense when they are so clueless. Another waste of money-and they have a full time PR person apparently!

      • Anonymous says:

        How come no one is criticizing CITN/Westar for having rain fades on TWC (the Weather Channel). This morning I was trying to watch the updates on the cable system and it lost satellite signal. What good is a Weather channel that don’t work in inclement weather. And we are paying good money for it.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for this local update, nothing current on since Thursday.  Overseas weather sites have this update but not our own national weathersite.  With computers today this could be done from anywhere than just the office given it is a Saturday/long holiday weekend.