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- Looking back at Beryl
  • By Malcolm Saunders <malcolmgeorge at mac.com>
  • Date: Sat, 6 Jul 2024 07:33:41 -0500
The three things that are most important about buying property, we are told, 
are ‘Location, location, location’. Well, you might say that the three most 
important aspects about hurricanes are ‘Preparation, preparation preparation’. 
Or, putting it another way, ‘Failing to plan means you are planning to fail’.

Incredibly, considering we were given ample notice of Beryl’s arrival and 
intensity, there were folks who did not put up shutters on their properties! 
Photographs of the consequences have appeared on social media. 

Two positives… The Humane Society put out appeals for people to foster cats and 
dogs housed at their flood-prone centre. Dozens of folk stepped in to keep the 
kitties and puppies safe from the storm.

Some low-lying areas are prone to flooding. Kind hearted people dumped sand and 
empty sandbags by roadsides with a ‘Help yourself’ notice. An elderly lady went 
to get some sandbags for herself… but a young man stepped forward and filled 
bags and loaded up her car with them. The grateful lady posted her thanks on 
social media, about someone setting out to ‘do good’ when the weather is 
turning bad.


- Update from Cayman
  • By "Michael Whiteman" <mmajsw at candw.ky>
  • Date: Fri, 5 Jul 2024 19:47:37 -0500

Good day Gert;


I tried posting late yesterday but for unknown reasons, Storm Carib would not let me.



For persons who were not living along the south coastline, and into West Bay and along the north coast there was really no damage to homes. Lots of leaves, many branches and quite a few trees were down.

Along the south coast, low lying South Sound RD was blocked by downed trees and sand/rocks. Some roads were blocked by fallen trees and branches, but they were quickly cleared.

In a complex called Windsor Village, their damage was mostly from waves hitting the ground floor ocean front units.

Electricity was on during the storm with a couple flickers, but most outside of North Side and East End never lost power.

One water company shut down their system around 11pm on Wed night, while the other had the water on all during the storm.

The predicted storm surge did not happen.

I measured about 6.5” rain over the whole event.

There was flooding in low lying areas, but some get flooded during a heavy rainstorm.

Overall, for most people, we were blessed with little or no damage.


Kind regards



- Cayman
  • By Donna Sjostrom <fishing at candw.ky>
  • Date: Fri, 5 Jul 2024 15:08:08 -0500
I would like to thank Storm Carib for offering these services of contact with the public.

We here in Cayman are so grateful that Beryl has passed us and no real damage or lost of life has occurred. 

There are tree limbs and leaves that need cleaned up, but all in all seems everyone is okay.

Our grocery stores and utility services did well for us. We had water and power, although some areas didn’t but were restored quickly.

Today, Friday, seems all offices and business are up and running.
And we at present have a container ship in harbour off loading more supplies.

Our first cruise ship will be coming on Monday, And all air transportation seems to be back to normal.
Thanks to all airlines that offered evacuation flights.

So that is my update. And maybe there are others who have updates that they can share.

Thanks to all and keep safe.

- grand cayman
  • By ann smith <ann8751 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 4 Jul 2024 17:05:51 -0500
The storm has passed now, but we are still getting periodic squalls and 
sometimes a little bit of sunshine. The south side of the island got the worst 
damage from what can be seen at the moment, but thankfully no lives were lost 
and everything is getting back to normal.  

There is another storm following closely behind Beryl but according  to the 
national hurricane center this won’t develop into anything. Fingers crossed.


- Moving on...
  • By Malcolm Saunders <malcolmgeorge at mac.com>
  • Date: Thu, 4 Jul 2024 15:18:37 -0500
Moving on…

The Cayman Islands Government issued the ‘All Clear’ notice just after 1:00 PM this afternoon. The Water Authority turned the supply back on around the same time. Earlier this morning I was so relieved to read that the storm had passed “…some time ago…” at around 06:30 (local time) that was the best news! 

The reports from the BBC about the situation in Jamaica are very disturbing… we were spared!

It’s not over until it’s over…with our shutters open I can see torrential rain!

- Grand Cayman: Beryl
  • By Sharon Marcussen <s_marcussen2003 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Thu, 4 Jul 2024 14:56:16 +0000 (UTC)
Grand Cayman 10am

Still getting some rain and gusts, with occasional whiplash gusts, but much less than an hour ago.
More light penetrating the cloud cover. 
Hearing a few reports of storm damage, and seeing an occasional car out and about. 
A few people opening their shutters a little, to get some fresh air.

Almost done, Cayman!

- Grand Cayman: Beryl
  • By Sharon Marcussen <s_marcussen2003 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Thu, 4 Jul 2024 14:08:46 +0000 (UTC)
Grand Cayman 9am.

We are currently experiencing very fierce gusts and driving rain once again, there was a lull a bit earlier. 
I seem to be hearing thunder?
Lots of power outages especially along the coast and in NS/EE; I was lucky to just experience a quick blip and power was back on. Thanks CUC!
Water was turned off last night at 11pm; internet is working fine.
No reports of surge - we live along a canal and can see the water level is higher than normal, but no spill over.

Everybody is breathing a sigh of relief, and catching a nap, as Beryl begins to move away.
Hope everybody is safe!

- Bye-bye Beryl!
  • By Malcolm Saunders <mgsinbt345 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 4 Jul 2024 08:03:20 -0500

During the night the intensity of the wind and rain varied… quieter intervals amidst wilder spells. This was not as ‘bad’ as hurricane Ivan, thankfully. Hurricane Beryl’s passing by Grand Cayman would have been “…by the dawn’s early light…” except there wasn’t much light in the sky at the time! The barometric pressure registering on my digital barometer dipped slightly below 1000 overnight but is climbing steadily.

I am observing that the pressure seems to fluctuate, 1000.3 but 1000.2 minutes later. Perhaps this has something to do with the instability of the mass of air churning its way past Bodden Town. There are occasional gusts blowing the trees and bushes around but the rain has halted for now.


- Current conditions - Grand Cayman
  • By Wes Howell <wes.howell at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 4 Jul 2024 04:32:26 -0500

Hurricane Beryl is tracking south of Grand Cayman (The island is indicated by the red arrow on the radar image). Winds are now gusting to 50mph, and the Electricity is still on in most areas.

I pray that everyone remains safe as the storm moves through our area.

- All quiet on Grand Cayman
  • By Joyce Cantlay <joycecantlay at icloud.com>
  • Date: Wed, 3 Jul 2024 19:10:23 -0500
It will be dark soon, but we can see the South Sound reef and all is calm. A 
few cars passing by, but most people are sheltered in place. Being so small, we 
are hard to hit and are quite hopeful that it will not be nearly as bad as was 
planned for. 
Sent from my iPad

- Beryl
  • By Joyce Cantlay <joycecantlay at icloud.com>
  • Date: Wed, 3 Jul 2024 12:33:17 -0500
Here on Grand Cayman everyone appears to be extremely prepared and taking Beryl 
very seriously. First time the government has offered free sand (from their 
road works supply) at various locations and everyone has taken advantage of 
that.  We are more concerned about the sea than the wind, so cars are being 
moved to higher ground, and people are prepping their homes for flooding. Lots 
of kindness and sharing out there.  I do not think the island could be more 
prepared. Thus far CUC has decided NOT to fully turn off power universally. We 
are all thinking of our friends and family in Jamaica! 
Sent from my iPad

- Grand Cayman: Beryl
  • By Sharon Marcussen <s_marcussen2003 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Wed, 3 Jul 2024 11:08:14 +0000 (UTC)

Grand Cayman 5am:
The island is calm and quiet. No breeze, looks like it will be another hot day.
Workplaces and stores are closing by 1pm, giving everybody time for final preps. 
Evacuees and tourists catching the last flights out.

Beryl's wobbled a little lower so she will hit the southern coast of Jamaica as a cat 4. She also looks to be passing a bit further south of us, as a cat 2.5ish. Hoping this southerly drift continues!
As we prepare, our thoughts are with Jamaica, and the islands already devastated by Beryl. What will the reports out of Jamaica be like? We can only hope and pray.

- Cayman
  • By Donna Sjostrom <fishing at candw.ky>
  • Date: Tue, 2 Jul 2024 20:52:50 -0500
The groceries store are still stocked and lumber for shutters are available.
I believe we are ready.  Just need the winds to pass quickly. we can deal with the rain after it passes - at least I hope so.
All keep safe

- Report from Grand Cayman
  • By Malcolm Saunders <malcolmgeorge at mac.com>
  • Date: Tue, 2 Jul 2024 17:17:33 -0500
This Tuesday afternoon in Bodden Town, Grand Cayman it is currently 32° C in the shade under bright, sunny skies. However, changes are afoot… the story so far...

~ as of about 3:00 today, Tuesday, the Cayman Islands are in ‘Hurricane Warning’ mode
~ the last day of school for this academic year was last Friday, so the kids are ‘home’.
~ yesterday (Monday) was a Public Holiday, many retail stores opened special hours, and business was brisk.
~ some businesses have said they will be operating reduced hours tomorrow and at least one bank said they will be closed all day.
~ our national airline, Cayman Airways are scheduling ‘evacuation flights’ for tourists currently on island.
~ Grand Cayman’s airport, Owen Roberts International, has announced it will remain open until 6:00PM tomorrow (Wednesday).
~ traffic was ‘heavy’ on the roads leading to George Town this morning.
~ shops were quite busy and shoppers were calmly stocking up on emergency supplies. The supermarkets were still well-stocked.

Our weather bureau says that the barometric pressure is 1013.4  millibars. My own, non-authorised, digital barometer reads 1008.5. This morning it was at 1009.5.

We will see how things progress tomorrow when Beryl is expected to impact Jamaica.


- Hurricane Beryl
  • By Alicia Dixon <jennybaps1958 at live.com>
  • Date: Tue, 2 Jul 2024 19:24:43 +0000
Hi Gert 

It has been a busy couple of days as people have been stocking supplies, getting plywood etc. to shutter if they had no hurricane shutters, gassing up vehicles etc. Bright, very hot sunshine today. We are all preparing as best we can and praying and hoping for the best. As it stands now, it is supposed to pass us 41miles South of Grand Cayman, 86 miles south of Little Cayman and 92 miles south of Cayman Brac
 Will try to update as i am able. We pray for all our neighbours who have been affected already, and for our family and friends in Jamaica. May God protect us all.  God bless. Alicia(Jen)Dixon, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

- Re: Beryl - Cayman Brac
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Tue, 2 Jul 2024 11:10:03 -0700
---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: <bluewaters at candw.ky>
Date: Tue, Jul 2, 2024 at 11:00 AM
Subject: Re: Beryl - Cayman Brac

Hello Storm Carib,
We are  just watching to see how  close it continues and if the  trajectory will change or it  wobbles closer, much more to learn tomorrow (Wednesday) , all we  can do is get ready and take heed  moving outdoor items to be more secure if it should pass by closer and winds  tend to be more intense, I am calculating winds for the  Brac  to be varied at 50 - 80 MPH gusts not sure if they will be steady or not? at the current path it is designated on! 
Good Luck to all in its path..

- Rain, Rain
  • By William Mc Taggart <wmctagga at candw.ky>
  • Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2024 14:36:24 -0500
Good afternoon,
Here in Western Grand Cayman, just south of the airport, the rain began at about 4am and in the past hour or so turned to drizzle. My Davis Vantage Pro2 station has recorder just over 6" for the rainfall event today, with a monthly total of 12.75" as I write. Still light drizzle. Station # I90580545 on Weather Underground. Unfortunately no longer live.

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