Good afternoon folks….this is the metereological department of The Reef blogging
Emily is now officially the strongest July Hurricane on record, but it looks like it won’t take Cayman into the record books.
As of 5pm EDT, the Closest Point of Approach (as per Gert’s tool on StormCarib) will be about 94.7 miles.
As this is a very compact storm, even though it has very high winds at the center, Hurricane force winds extend 60 miles to the NE from that point, and 50 knot winds 90 miles.
Grand Cayman is therefore anticipating winds starting around 8-9 pm and running through the night, with a closet point of approach about 6-7am. Winds are anticipated to be up to about 50mph
After Ivan, nobody wants to underprepare, so the shutters we put up on the ground floor at The Reef have been left up for the duration, but we did not board up any more today. Of course The Reef is another 20 or so miles further from the eye of the storm, and on the side that should get the least impact from a storm of this duration, so storm impact should not be significant.
Unfortunately, the north part of the storm is showing a lot of rain bands, so Cayman will likely have a lot of rain and “grotty” weather (in Scots parlance) through at least early Sunday afternoon.
Here’s hoping we don’t have any downed power lines that would cut off power, but other than that we don’t anticipate any potential problems from this one.