Cayman begins hurricane clean up

The U.S. National Hurricane Center discontinued all hurricane warnings for the Cayman Islands as of 5:00 p.m. EDT Monday, prompting the Government to issue the all-clear for Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. The Cayman Islands is currently experiencing the last of tropical storm-force winds this evening with a promising weather outlook by the end of the day. With average August temperatures ranging in the low 80s, visitors from around the world are expected to return en masse.

“Since midday Thursday, August 16, Cayman Airways has operated 33 international flights and facilitated a further seven international charter flights,” advised the Governor of the Cayman Islands, His Excellency Stuart Jack. “We look forward to welcoming visitors again as soon as it is safe to do so.”

Attention will now be shifted towards assisting the 1600 persons temporarily housed in shelters return home safely. Owen Roberts International Airport is scheduled to re-open Tuesday, August 21 for leisure travel to and from the Cayman Islands.

Despite reports of high waves on the eastern and southern coasts, resulting in minor localized flooding, the three islands have been impacted by minimal rainfall and there have been no weather-related injuries from Hurricane Dean. Additionally, all communication systems, radio, land-lines, mobile and internet services are working.