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. 

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

Illegal immigrants in Florida told, "Don't worry for now, go to shelters"

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, undocumented immigrants in search of shelter in Miami, Florida, have one less thing to worry about.

In a statement to the media and public on Wednesday, Carlos Gimenez, the mayor of Miami-Dade, said that undocumented people in South Florida need not worry about deportation now that Hurricane Irma is potentially headed toward the Southern state.

"We don’t ask anybody for their identification," Gimenez said, and added, "Everybody who needs shelter in Miami-Dade County is welcome, and you should do so without any fear of any repercussions."