Disaster

Digicel sends 210-foot barge with supplies to hurricane affected countries

Digicel (Trinidad & Tobago) has sent a 210-foot barge with supplies to send to countries severely affected by Hurricane Irma.
 
In a statement issued Monday morning, Digicel said that with the damage to the islands being described as “unprecedented”, a massive barge scheduled to set sail for the islands of Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands on Sunday night was filled with network equipment, basic food and household item - as well first aid kits - and is expected to reach the islands in three to four days. 
 

Carib to donate bar proceeds from CPL final to hurricane relief efforts

Carib has announced that all proceeds from its bar sales at the final of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) tonight, will go to Hurricane Relief efforts.

The Trinbago Knight Riders face the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in tonight's final at the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba from 9pm.

Carib said in a statement that this is part of a bigger initiative by Carib Brewery across the region in support of those in the Caribbean affected by the devastating storms.

Hurricane Irma's death toll now up to 24

Hurricane Irma has so far left at least 24 people dead across the Caribbean and the toll is expected to rise as it threatens Florida as a powerful Category 5 storm.

The deaths associated with the hurricane include nine in unspecified French territories, one in Barbuda, one in Anguilla, two in St Maarten, four in the British Virgin Islands, four in the US Virgin Islands, and three and Puerto Rico.

The victim in Barbuda has been identified as two-year-old Carl Junior Francis. 

Irma is expected to slam into the Florida Keys later this weekend. 

Irma strengthens again to Category 5

Hurricane Irma strengthened back into a Category 5 storm Friday night as it made landfall on the Camaguey Archipelago of Cuba with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Irma's status as a Category 4 storm was relatively short-lived, having been downgraded from a Category 5 storm early Friday morning.

As of 2 am ET, Irma was about 275 miles south-southeast of Miami and moving about 12 mph toward the west, the National Hurricane Center said.

Forecasts show Irma likely to return to Category 5 before hitting Florida

Hurricane Irma is now forecast to hit the Florida Keys as a Category 5 storm.

Meteorologists expect Irma to make landfall in the Keys between 5 am and 7 am ET on Sunday.

Overnight projections of Irma's path showed less of a threat to the Carolinas as the monster storm appeared likely to move directly up the middle of Florida and curve inland.

"Obviously Hurricane Irma continues to be a threat that is going to devastate the United States," Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), said at a press conference Friday morning.

UWI stands ready to support Caribbean countries in aftermath of hurricanes

The University of the West Indies says it stands ready to assist in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and the impending Hurricane Jose.

The University has issued the following statement following the devastation to countries in the region.

"As The University of the West Indies (The UWI) community continues to follow the tragic stories of the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and impending Hurricane Jose, it is saddened and stands ready to assist recovery efforts.

Guardian Media, AMCHAM T&T, PADF partner to raise funds for hurricane victims

Guardian Media is partnering with AMCHAM T&T and the Pan Amercan Development Foundation (PADF) to raise funds to provide immediate assistance to those affected by Hurricane Irma.  

One of the most powerful storms ever recorded in recent history, Irma has devastated many of our Caribbean neighbours.

We must help them immediately. PADF, which has worked to rebuild devastated communities across the Americas, has created a special portal for any financial contributions. 

Join us and make a difference. 

GraceKennedy Money Services waives fees for money transfers to and from Antigua & Barbuda

GraceKennedy Money Services (GKMS) is waiving fee charges for people sending money to and from Antigua and Barbuda from Saturday.

GKMS says it's a show of goodwill and support in light of the devastation by Hurricane Irma.

Antigua & Barbuda is also in the path of Hurricane Jose, which is currently at Category 4.

The following is a statement by GKMS.

CAL waives rebooking fees up to October 31st due to turmoil caused by hurricanes

Caribbean Airlines is allowing passengers to rebook flights between September 5th and October 31st without having to pay fees, as a result of the turmoil from the current hurricanes.

In a statement issued today, the airline said that to minimise inconvenience to customers holding confirmed tickets for travel during the period September 05 – October 31, 2017, Caribbean Airlines is allowing persons whose travel plans are impacted by the hurricanes to rebook without change fees, subject to the following conditions:

T&T nationals in areas affected by Hurricane Irma asked to contact Foreign Affairs Ministry

The Ministry of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs is appealing to nationals areas affected by Hurricane Irma to register with the Ministry as soon as possible.

In a statement issued today, the Ministry said that nationals and or their family members in the affected territories are reminded to forward the following information to the Ministry of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs to [email protected]

 Names
 Dates of Birth
 Passport bio-data
 Contact information

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