Cayman faces busy season

| 31/05/2010

(CNS): Forecasters are agreed on one thing this hurricane season: this could be one of the most turbulent seasons ever. From the famous duo at Colorado State University to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) experts, forecasters warn there could be up to 23 named storms in the Atlantic in the 2010 season. Cayman marks the start of hurricane season tomorrow, 1 June with a special event on the lawn of the Glass House. Everyone is invited to the National Weather Service Day with the official launch of the National Weather Service taking place at 12:00 noon.

With experts predicting anything from eight to 14 hurricanes, Cayman is very likely to be on alert a number of times this season. Hazard management has now installed directional signs for local hurricane shelters, making it easier for residents and visitors to find them. A total of 40 of the emergency shelter signs have been erected around the island with the help of the National Roads Authority.
Statistically, September is the peak month of the hurricane season but early and late season storms sometimes form in the western Caribbean, and Hazard Management is warning all residents to make sure they are prepared for a storm at any time.
“When late or early season storms form the lead time for preparation can be short. Services such as supermarkets, gasoline, banks, running water, electricity and many of the other items that we have grown accustomed to in our daily routines may not be available after a hurricane,” warns the agency. “It could be a week or more before the flow of normal goods and services are restored. Don’t get caught out, set aside food and water for 5 to 7 days.”
Residents by now should have already serviced their generators, checked shutters, removed debris from yards and trimmed trees. The public is also being reminded to ensure that travel documents are up to date as well as insurance policies.
This hurricane seasonal will bring an added worry for environmentalists as oil continues to pour into the Gulf of Mexico. If a hurricane rolled over the spill, the winds and storm surges could disperse the oil over a wider area. “It would very definitely turn an environmental disaster into an unprecedented environmental catastrophe,” said Brian D. McNoldy, a tropical storms researcher at Colorado State University has said.
The pacific has already produce first storm of the season this weekend. Tropical Storm Agatha dumped rain on Central America, triggering flash floods and landslides killing close to 100 people.
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  1. Anonymous says:

    Part of the risk of a serious hurricane disaster in the country would be the very limited resources to deal with such a disaster.

    McKeeva got the country up and running again in a surprisingly short period of time after Ivan. No doubt the PPM faithful will need to trash me for that statement.

    I really do not know what the country would do with another Ivan and I pray that we don’t find out.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Exciting, isn’t it? 

    • Twyla Vargas says:

      Sure, I would think so to if I was livng on a hill top.   Unfortunately I live on Daffodill Street off Cumber Avenue for 35 years, among other residents homes of about  15 in number.  Of course we ejnoyed our Daffodil Street for years, until which ever government it was allowed lookout Gardens to be built up, fillinging all of the wetlands, not putting in proper drainage systems, building high rise homes, and causing this Avenue to turn ito a basin.   Can you picture what really took place?  

      So for six long years the people of this avenue have suffered the loss of their funiture, appliances,gardens and every thing a total loss.  This was alowed under the PPM Government, and again under the UDP government and the only thing that the UDP representatives did was to make many promises to us. We were so bad at onestage that children could not get out to go to schools.   Mr Osborn Bodden made a difference by at least makng the road higher, Maybe he would have sorted it out if he was given the chance,  but hell we almost parted friends fighting to get it.

         I heard the premier said that he was putting money aside to tackle the situation,which would be to dig out deep trenches complete diging a large water hold with sub pump. and run pipes to take the water back to the wet lands and north sound. Where  is it?   Not one thing has been done.

      All  I see them done is to use Cayman Paving to put a Black Top pad  whic looks like a helicopter pad, and somethng looking like an open air shed in a vacant lot and to put up a sign reading  Cumber Avenue Park.  Full  a bushes and mounds of dirt.  

      What a waste of money.!!!   Come  see it .   For Petes sake we got the Harry MCoy Park only a few feet away from this, and 10 children in the area.   They have used their equiptment and shift the beach Cabanas, and  Plant  coconut trees on the public beach for Hurricane blow way and to hide drug users.  Someone will have to answer for this soon.  I know.!!

      I heard big promises, that they would try and assist people with buying hurricane shutters.  There are people who cannot afford to pay up front for these shutters, their are people who are not in a position to even buy plywood.  There are residents who dont even have anyone to help put up plywood.   The representtives need to pay more attentiion to the needs of their dstrict, and not only  certain areas,   They are not doing anything to secure the lives of residents in this Town.  Talking but hurricane shelters,.  When you go to shelters, people rob your Homes.  It was done last time.  They took every thing that could move.   Una can go ahead and chop me up for my comments,  I dont care, because you are going to hear much more from me as soon as this area begins to flood  again.  Una answer this question.  "Who in planning department it was that would allow Look out garden to chop up and sell off the wet lands and did not put any proper drainage.  There is no where for the water to go?  Where was the National Trust when all of the wetlands  an ponds of natural habitat was being cut in slices.  I am not shutting up, so dont even bother go there, because 15 residenital homes and families have to put up with this every year.   While you all are sleeping in beds, families of this area are sleeping on top of kitchen tables. 

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hurricane Bush is our biggest threat this season and the next three years!

  4. damionZ says:

    I pray we don’t get a hurricane – especially, one near or in the gulf of Mexico where thousands of gallons of oil is now being spewed into the ocean. Also, we are just starting to recover. I will hate to have to rely on CUC for another two months before I get electricity

  5. Run for your Lives! says:

    So by Ken Jefferson forecasting standards, if we count each hurricane as lets say 1 Million, we should actually be expecting 23 plus another 55 or up to a total of 78 named Atlantic storms?

    Scary stuff.

    • Bill says:

      Long range weather forecassting appears to be more accurate than Ken’s budgeting skills…now that is scary