(CNS): At 4pm local time Tropical Storm Grace was still on track to pass just a few miles off the south coast of Grand Cayman and a hurricane watch was issued. Hurricane conditions are possible in Cayman early tomorrow morning, officials said. The islands began battening down in earnest Tuesday afternoon, with government offices closing and Cayman Airways cancelling all flights until at least Thursday.
The storm was located 225 miles ESE of Grand Cayman heading west at 15mph. While winds remained at 50mph Grace is now forecast to strengthen into a hurricane Wednesday. Tropical-storm-force winds now extend outward up to 80 miles from the centre.
The National Hazard Management Council urged all residents to complete their preparations quickly, to avoid shorelines after dark and refrain from non-essential journeys as the onset of tropical storm conditions is expected tonight.
Heavy rains are expected, with as much as 10 inches falling in isolated areas over the…