Travel Alert: Hurricane Irma Set To Seriously Impact Parts Of Florida And The Caribbean
Update 7/09/17 at 11am
Hurricane Irma has made landfall in the Caribbean and there is significant damage over a number of islands. The most powerful hurricane ever measured in the Atlantic Ocean remains a Category 5 system as it continues west towards the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Haiti and Florida.
Antigua and Barbuda
- A government official has advised that up to 90% of the buildings on Barbuda are badly damaged or destroyed.
- There are less than 1,500 permanent residents on the island and one unconfirmed fatality.
Saint Martin and St Barts
- The four 'most solid' buildings in Saint Martin have been destroyed and authorities believe the damage to older buildings will be even more severe.
- The world famous Princess Julianna Airport on St Martin has been 'destroyed' by rain and winds that got up to 300km per hour.
- Thousands are without power on both islands and there were at least two fatalities.
A new path for the hurricane has been mapped, with Puerto Rico, Turks and Caicos, parts of Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, the Virgin Islands and the Bahamas at high risk in the next 24 - 48 hours. All are undertaking emergency procedures to prepare.
Irma is on track to reach Florida on late Saturday or early Sunday. Residents of the Florida Keys have been evacuated and people in coastal or low lying areas are also being advised to prepare to leave.
Customers who are in the region should follow the instructions of local authorities and if they do not need to stay in the area, they should attempt to leave before the weekend. Irma will affect flights in and out of Florida’s airports and some airlines have already cancelled weekend services.
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