Hurricane Irma hit the Leeward Islands this morning and is now approaching Puerto Rico.
I hope y’all are praying for me!! #PuertoRico rarely gets hit by hurricanes and the one time I’m here it has to be the strongest hurricane in history?! … #HappyBirthdayToMe ♀️ #Irma #hurricaneIrma #Hurricane #Birthday #GetMeOutOfHere
The U.S. State Department is warning U.S. citizens to reconsider travel to Cuba, Haiti or the Dominican Republic due to the expected impact of Hurricane Irma.
It notes that the Category 5 storm could bring life-threatening flooding, flash flooding, mudslides, and storm surge, while travel and other services will likely be disrupted.
The department says it has authorized the voluntary departure of U.S. government employees and their family members from the three countries due to the hurricane.
On the Dominican north shore…
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Preparing for Irma, they removed the roof of amphitheater ! — at La Puntilla En Puerto Plata.
Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne says the twin-island nation appears to have weathered its brush with Hurricane Irma.
Browne says in a statement that there were no deaths in Antigua.
He says that preliminary reports also indicate there are no deaths in Barbuda despite widespread reports of damaged buildings and downed trees. He plans to visit as soon as possible.
The prime minister says the airport will reopen at 2 p.m.
Hurricane Irma has caused torn off rooftops and knocked out all electricity on the French islands of Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy and France has requisitioned planes and sent in emergency food and water rations.
The regional authority for Guadeloupe and neighboring islands said in a statement Wednesday that the fire station in Saint Barthelemy is under 1 meter (more than 3 feet) of water and no rescue vehicles can move.
It said the government headquarters Saint Martin is partially destroyed and the island is in a total blackout.
Electricity is also partially down on the larger island of Guadeloupe, where the threat receded despite danger of heavy flooding.
French minister for overseas territories Annick Girardin expressed fear “for a certain number of our compatriots who unfortunately didn’t want to listen to the protection measures and go to more secure sites.”
She added: “We’re preparing for the worst.”
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