Preparedness helps Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman weather the storm as minor clean-up begins

    GEORGE TOWN, Grand Cayman, Aug. 20 /CNW/ - The National Hurricane Center
discontinued all hurricane warnings for the Cayman Islands as of 5:00 p.m. EDT
today, 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
    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.

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