Caribbean Holidays no longer under threat from Hurricane Bill
As Hurricane Bill moves further up north towards the US state of Carolina it no longer proves a threat for the Caribbean and more specifically to the Cayman Islands, as it was feared it could cause trouble in the latter.
It has been announced that the first hurricane this year, Hurricane Bill, is not posed as a threat to the Cayman Islands and tourists on Caribbean holidays.
Experts at the national Hurricane Centre say that the hurricane is likely to pass northeast over the Caribbean but is not expected to generate any damage. Instead, the tail end of tropical Strom Ana might bring light winds and rain to the Cayman Islands and officials have asked residents and tourists to be prepared for the hurricane or storm as a precaution.
Chief Meteorologist of the Cayman Islands Meteorological Centre, John Tibetts, said:
"Hurricane Bill is the only hurricane that is out there right now. It is classified as a tropical hurricane that developed in the mid-Atlantic Tropics. The forecast calls for the storm to pass northeast of the Caribbean and I do not see that it will have any impact on the Cayman Islands."
"The system that we are looking at right now is what is left of Tropical Storm Ana which dissipated on Monday, 17 August."
The Cayman Islands are located in the Caribbean and are a popular tourist destination with millions of travellers who visit the area every year. John Tibetts went on to say:
"An average season is predicted for the 2009 Hurricane season. Professor William Gray is the foremost expert in the United States and works out of Colorado State University. He is forecasting 10 main storms, four hurricanes and two major hurricanes. An average season has 9.6 main storms, 5.9 hurricanes and 2.3 major hurricanes. A category three hurricane means that sustained winds must be more than 130 miles per hour."
Director of Hazard Management of the Cayman Islands McCleary Frederick, said:
"We want all three Islands to be prepared. Everyone must know in advance of a hurricane where the shelters are and where they will shelter during the storm. Pets are not permitted in any government shelter and therefore alternate arrangements must be made for your pets."
Travellers looking to take Caribbean holidays, Dominican Republic holidays, Cuba holidays, Jamaica holidays and Cayman Island holidays are advised to be prepared for the possibility of a hurricane occurring during their stay but should not be deterred from visiting the area.
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