A 3rd hurricane in 2 weeks is bearing down on the US Virgin Islands. Hurricane Maria is predicted to follow a similar path to Irma and sweep across the northern Caribbean with the US Virgin islands directly in its path. Presently a category 1 hurricane, Maria is expected to develop into a major hurricane as it approaches and will strike the region sometime late on Tuesday 19th or early on Wednesday the 20th.
As well as destructive winds Maria is expected to dump a foot-and-a-half of rain leading to localised severe flooding.
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The absolutely best way to survive a hurricane is to avoid one. Get away from it, but if you make the decision to leave make that decision early. Do not leave it until the last minute because you may find yourself caught without proper shelter.
If you decide to stay and "ride it out" it is advisable to get to an authorized shelter. The locations of these will be broadcast, or locals will know where they are. If there is no shelter, prepare to "shelter in place" in an internal room without windows.
Once a "storm watch" has been issued, make sure you are prepared in the event that the watch becomes a "warning."
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Category 5 Hurricane Irma made landfall in the US Virgin Islands Wednesday, causing extensive damage. Irma is now headed for Turks and Caicos, the Bahamas, and the US mainland. Keep an eye on local media for the latest updates.
Travel warnings have been issued for Antigua, Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts, and Nevis, Saba, St. Eustatius, and Sint Maarten, British Virgin Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Vieques, and Culebra, Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano to the northern border with Haiti, Guadeloupe, Southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
The United States has declared states of emergency in the US Virgin Islands, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia and Puerto Rico.
Along with extremely strong winds, Hurricane Irma is likely to create a storm surge of 11 feet or more, with large, breaking waves. Heavy rains could cause life-threating flash floods and mudslides.
Be aware that now this is a named hurricane and emergencies have been declared in several places it may not be possible to purchase travel insurance to cover this event. To discuss your coverage please contact us at World Nomads.
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