Travel Alert: Hurricane Irma Set To Seriously Impact Parts Of Florida And The Caribbean
Update: 6/09/17 at 1pm
With winds now up to 300 kilometres per hour, Hurricane Irma is cutting a path across the northern Caribbean islands and has just intensified into a Category 5 storm.
Under the highest hurricane warning are several of the Leeward Islands, including Antigua, Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, as well as for the US and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Cuba and Haiti are also expected to be affected.
Meteorologists predict that unless Irma heads north, she will make landfall in the Florida Keys where a state of emergency has been implemented. Residents are preparing and people in low lying areas have been advised to evacuate as a precaution before Sunday.
If you’re holidaying in any of the affected areas, please follow the direction of local authorities and expect widespread flight and ferry suspensions.
Your hotel or accommodation may also lose power and internet connection as the storm passes. Make sure you have plenty of water in your room, and be sure to charge your phones and mobile devices in advance of the storm's approach. If you haven't already, go online and register with Smartraveller, the Australian Government’s site for official advice while travelling.
More information will follow as we see the storm’s track towards the coast of Florida.
If you have any questions about your cruise, flights to and from the region or accommodation, please call our 24/7 customer service team for emergency global assistance within Australia call 1300 663 487 or if overseas call +61 7 3170 7899.