A national shutdown has been imposed in Antigua and Barbuda from today (Wednesday) due to potential Tropical Cyclone Nine.

VC international airport on Antigua has been closed as a result of a tropical storm warning for the islands.

The Foreign Office said in updated travel advice: “The government of Antigua & Barbuda has issued a tropical storm warning for potential Tropical Cyclone Nine, which is currently forecast to pass near Antigua & Barbuda from Wednesday 29 July.

“You should monitor local and international weather updates from the Antigua & Barbuda Met Office and the US National Hurricane Centre and follow the advice of local authorities, including any evacuation orders.”

Barbuda was seriously hit by hurricanes in September 2017.

Many buildings were destroyed and reconstruction work is still taking place.

“If you’re planning to visit Barbuda you should monitor local and international weather updates, follow the advice of the local authorities and ensure your accommodation is secure,” the FCO warned.