Saturday 19 October, 2019

British Gov't issues travel advisories as territories brace for Maria

The British Government has issued a travel advisory warning its citizens against travel to its Caribbean territories likely to be hit by Hurricane Maria. 

The British Government is advising against all travel to the British Virgin Islands and all but essential travel to Anguilla, Montserrat and the Turks and Caicos Islands. 

Hurricane Maria weakened after battering Dominica on Monday night but regained strength on Wednesday as it headed toward Montserrat, St Kitts, Nevis, the British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. 

In Montserrat, MP Claude Bambi Hogan said Hurricane Maria seems now to be churning past Montserrat, but the gusts of wind in her wake remain powerful and dangerous.

"Our Glendon Hospital building in St Johns was assessed to hold off a Cat. 3 Hurricane. I'm not sure it will be wholesome later. We had very heavy wind gusts sometimes sustained winds. I wouldn't be surprised if the hospital roof has yielded. We have coped well, I think, but I still can't leave home in St Peters. My dogs are happier inside since their own house did take a battering. Scary stuff, but God is good. By the way, my Facebook Page is powered by Digicel Mobile," he posted. 

In the British Virgin Islands, citizens not yet recovered from the devastation of Hurricane Irma, have settled in shelters and curfew is being enforced by the police.

Governor Gus Jaspert warned that debris could turn to projectiles during the storm and urged them to secure loose items and consider moving if they are in low-lying areas or high hillsides. 

A Hurricane warning is in effect for:

Guadeloupe
Dominica
St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat
U.S. Virgin Islands
British Virgin Islands
Puerto Rico, Culebra, and Vieques

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for:
Saba and St. Eustatius 
St. Maarten 
St. Martin and St. Barthelemy 
Anguilla 
Isla Saona to Puerto Plata


A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:
Antigua and Barbuda
Saba and St. Eustatius
St. Maarten
Anguilla
Martinique

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