Emergency Message for US Citizens: Hurricane Maria

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens:

Hurricane Maria

September 18, 2017

The State Department warns U.S. citizens of the approach of Hurricane Maria, currently a Category 3 storm, and recommends U.S. citizens avoid non-essential travel to the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC; www.nhc.noaa.gov) reports that Hurricane Maria is headed for the Turks and Caicos Islands.  U.S. citizens residing and traveling in coastal areas in this region should be alert to flooding and high winds.

Given the approaching hurricane, there is limited time available for a safe departure.  We recommend U.S. citizens depart the Turks and Caicos Islands if possible and work with commercial air carriers to leave prior to the arrival of the hurricane.  Airports will close once conditions deteriorate and safe travel is not possible.  We recommend those citizens who are unable to depart to shelter in place in a secure location.

Travelers should apprise family and friends in the United States of their whereabouts, and keep in close contact with their tour operator, hotel staff, and local officials for evacuation instructions. Travelers should also protect their travel and identity documents against loss or damage, as the need to replace lost documentation could hamper or delay return to the United States.

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