Hazardous sea and weather conditions are expected in Cayman Brac and Little Cayman islands for at least 24 hours from Monday, August 24, amid the passing of Tropical Storm Laura. A Tropical Storm Warning was issued for the sister islands by the Cayman National Weather Service on Sunday, August 23.
As of 08:00 EDT on Monday, Tropical Storm Laura is moving west-northwestward south of the coast of central Cuba. The center of Laura is forecast to move over the Caribbean Sea just offshore the southern coast of Cuba on Monday, and move into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico by early Tuesday morning, August 25. Laura is forecast to strengthen into a hurricane by early Tuesday. Laura is currently sustaining wind speeds of 105kph (65mph).
Heavy rainfall, flooding, and power outages are possible as the storm moves across Cuba and brings heavy showers to the Cayman Islands through Monday. Associated disruptions to business and transport are possible over the coming days.
The Atlantic hurricane season runs from late May through to the end of November, with activity typically peaking in late August and early September. Numerous tropical storms form in the Atlantic Ocean during this period, with most affecting the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico, and the east coast of the United States. Although communities in the region are generally well prepared for adverse weather conditions during the hurricane season, severe storms bring a significant risk of flooding and infrastructural damage.
Those in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate adverse weather and power and transportation disruptions, and remember that running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult - and never drive through flooded streets; floodwater may also contain wastewater and chemical products.