Caribbean islands face second major hurricane strike

Caribbean islands face second major hurricane strike

Caribbean islands left crippled by the impact of Hurricane Irma face being struck by a second major storm this week.

Hurricane warnings have been issued for Guadeloupe, Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat and Martinique.

A hurricane watch is now in effect for the US and British Virgin Islands, St Martin, St Barts, Saba, St Eustatius and Anguilla.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advised against all travel to the British Virgin Islands while Anguilla is also in the path of newly-developing tropical storm Maria.

“Tropical storm Maria is expected to develop into a hurricane and make landfall on the BVI on Tuesday or Wednesday,” the FCO warned in an updated travel advisory.

“Following the extensive damage caused by hurricane Irma, there is a high risk of further severe damage. Coastal flooding is also highly likely.

“If you are in the British Virgin Islands, you should identify shelter immediately and be ready to take cover when the hurricane approaches.

“If you are currently outside BVI, you should not return to the territory at this time.”

Local authorities have introduced a curfew from 6pm to 9am until further notice.

The FCO added: “You should continue to follow the advice of the local authorities. The hotline for British people affected or concerned about others is +44(0)20 7008 0000. You should use whatever means you can to confirm to family that you are safe.”

Anguilla is expected to be impacted by Hurricane Maria on Wednesday.

“If you are planning to travel to Anguilla, you should be aware that our ability to provide assistance to you will be extremely limited at this time,” the FCO said.

In advice for the Turks and Caicos Islands, the FCO said: “It is possible that further storms will affect the Caribbean. The impact of these could be particularly severe in light of the damage already done by Hurricane Irma.

“You are advised to monitor updates from the US National Hurricane Centre and follow the advice of local authorities in the case of any further storms.

“If you are considering travelling to the Turks and Caicos Islands, you should consider your plans very carefully and ensure that you have your own contingency plans in place.

“If you are in the Turks and Caicos Islands, you should keep your departure options under regular review. There has been widespread damage to infrastructure and communications with many homes and buildings damaged.

“Access to medical supplies, food and water are limited and power supplies have been affected.”

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