(CNS): With the start of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season just over two weeks away and severe weather expected in the Caymans next week, possibly even the first official storm of the season, it is reminded residents to use this Discovery Day holiday weekend to get their preparations completed. Hazard Management Cayman Islands (HMCI) and the Cayman Islands National Weather Service (CINWS) encourage the public to be prepared, have a plan and monitor official sources for updates.
“The adverse weather forecasts circulating on social media are a timely reminder of the need to prepare ahead of hurricane season,” said HMCI Director Danielle Coleman. “Now is the time to stock up on emergency supplies and items to secure your home, make a plan for your family or business, and stay tuned to local radio and television for latest official advisories from Hazard Management and the National Weather Service.”
Meteorological Services Director John Tibbetts said models predicted severe weather from or around May 20, but advised the public to continue to monitor official sources for more accurate forecasts in the coming days. . “It is important to continue to monitor the National Weather Service and verify updates shared on social media against official sources,” he said. “A lot can happen in a week.”
Some forecasters suggest that the first tropical system of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season could form next week in our region. Friday Accuweather Meteorologists were watching the Western Caribbean closely and potential disruption, given that we currently have some of the warmest waters in the entire Atlantic Basin.
Premier Wayne Panton noted that global climate change is increasing the need for the Cayman Islands community to prepare for severe weather events.
“More frequent and intense storms are an impact of rising global temperatures that is particularly relevant to our country,” Panton said. “Being prepared is one of the most important things we can do as individuals, as families, businesses and communities to minimize the impacts of severe weather,” he added.
Meanwhile, the weather service is also working to complete repairs to the Doppler radar, which have been hampered by supply chain issues. While a part needed to repair the emergency generator has arrived on the island and is expected to be installed later this month, the weather service continues to wait for an additional part for the weather radar.
“Earlier in the year, we were hoping the piece would arrive well before the 2022 hurricane season, but the order is still in progress and no updated arrival date has been provided,” Tibbetts explained. “We continue to follow up with the radar manufacturer on the status of our order and are doing everything we can to get the radar up and running as soon as possible.”
Although the radar is out of service, the meteorological director said the team continues to provide accurate and timely forecasts, advisories and warnings using the other tools and services.