Extensive damage will occur in wake of extremely dangerous Hurricane Ivan. If the storm remains on its present forecast and expected intensity, the Cayman Islands, espeically eastern islands, will experience significant winds, storm surge and rain tonight through Saturday evening. The potential impact could be quite great and at worst case, a direct impact could cause destruction that will last for years. Do not expect to make a port call on this island through the rest of this year. Therefore, you should plan accordingly with itinerary revisions.
I am a forecaster with the NWS and an avid cruiser and I am saddended by this event and quite concerned.
There are three small islands in the Caymans. Grand Cayman (Georgetown and ship port), Little Cayman and Cayman Brac (mostly known for diving and wildlife areas, and not much else. Only a few people live on these islands). Also realize that destruction will also be taking place underwater. The reefs will be battered and torn up some, and some of the wrecks will be broken up/flipped as they have been in other weaker storms.
When should we know if they will change our ports of call. I sail in 2 weeks. We were going to Montego Bay and the Grand Caymans.I think I might need to see what the other ports have to do. Thanks for the warning.
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Go to Yahoo or any search engine site and type in Hurricane Ivan. An area will come up that is a Carribean site that anyone can message into about the islands. The reports coming in about Grand Cayman are not good. There is severe flooding, people having to evacuate their condos with BEDSHEETS!!! First floors are washed out and much structure damage. The reports are coming from relatives, friends, etc of people living in GeorgeTown, etc. that still have power in their cell phones and keep in contact as often as can until the charge is gone. There are updated reports from Jamaica, Grenada, etc.. I wish I could give you the site direct, but it is easy to find. It gives you goosebumps to read these first hand accounts. Terri Ann
Hope things will get better for those living on Gr Cayman. Imagine if it was a direct hit. TV said people were on their roofs at time of the storm surge. A change in port is one thing but lasting devastation is so sad...we have a vacation place near Punta Gorda Fla so we know first hand what those areas are experiencing.
That is the site. Thank you for posting the url. It has been a horrible hurricane season, for the Caribbean and the US. The effects will go on for a long time. The latest reports now include the possibility of the Yucatan Peninsula. There are concerns about a Low Depression forming and intensifying around the Leeward Islands. Could be a major concern in about a week for the Eastern seaboard.. "Mother Nature" is very angry this year. November and the end of hurricane season cannot come fast enuff. My prayers for all in harms way.
If you go to www.cnn.com you can see actual video and pictures of Jamaica. It is very sad....We are lucky in Ivan's path has moved more west of us (Jacksonville FL).
And did you see there is another one coming...depression right now but it's in the caribbean!!
This was from the Cayman website. Also one report I read said the turtle farm was gone. Tuesday, September 14, 2004 · Last updated 5:32 a.m. PT
Grand Cayman a scene of destruction
By PETER PRENGAMAN
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER
A aerial view of Grand Cayman Island Monday, Sept. 13, 2004 shows the destruction and flooding after the passing of Hurricane Ivan. (AP Photo/Walter Astrada)
OVER GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Expensive yachts were beached, tossed to the shore like toys. Well-built homes were reduced to splintered wood, or left without roofs. Utility poles and palm trees were snapped in two or uprooted.
Widespread destruction was visible from an airplane chartered by The Associated Press that overflew the island Monday, the day after Hurricane Ivan struck the Cayman Islands.
On Grand Cayman's famed Seven Mile Beach, one hotel was partially smashed. Many others were damaged, including some missing roofs. Debris was everywhere.
Animals congregated on higher ground to escape the flood. Some century-old trees three stories tall were torn up by their roots.
Although the runway at Grand Cayman had been cleared of debris and floodwaters, the AP charter was not allowed to land because access was restricted to approved flights and those carrying in emergency supplies.
There were no reports of injury or death - but there were poignant stories of survival.
On Grand Cayman, one firefighter rescued a family in danger, handed an infant by a parent standing shoulder-deep in floodwaters.
Just recounting the incident, which was relayed from firefighters, choked up Pilar Bush, tourism director of the British territory that was slammed by the fiercest hurricane it has experienced in more than 60 years.
"It just made me think of 9/11," Bush said in a telephone interview from New York, where her government sent her to meet with the media in case of disrupted communications.
Telephone service failed when Hurricane Ivan pounded the island with winds and gusts up to 200 mph but spared it a direct hit, leaving Bush in sporadic contact with the government.
Thousands of people are homeless on Grand Cayman, the capital of a territory of 45,000, she told the AP, because of significant damage to between one-quarter and one-half of the homes there.
The government was looking at available hotels and school dormitories to house the displaced people, she said. Soup kitchens were set up Monday on the island known for its offshore banking and well-heeled tourists.
"I don't even know if my family's alive," Bush said, citing the sporadic communications.
The Caymans - a group of three islands that draw hundreds of thousands of tourists and cruise ship passengers a year - have not experienced a storm of this ferocity since 1932.
In that year, an era before hurricanes were given names, one storm made a direct hit, taking hundreds of lives.
Many died on Cayman Brac, what is known as a "sister island." They took shelter in caves on higher ground but then left their refuge in the calm when the eye passed over - only to be struck by the fierce winds from other side of the eyewall.
For Ivan, hundreds of Caymanians again fled again to the caves. They were reported safe on
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