08 Sep

ABTA statement on Hurricane Jose

We are closely monitoring the progress of Hurricane Jose, a powerful category 3 hurricane which is forecast to bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to parts of the Caribbean in the next 24-36 hours. It is difficult to predict exactly where the storm will impact at this stage but, if it continues on its predicted path, the centre of hurricane Jose will pass near or east of the north-eastern Leeward Islands during Saturday (local time).

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for parts of Antigua, Barbuda, Anguilla, Sint Maarten, St. Martin, St. Barthelemy.  This means that that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area, in this case within 36 hours.   A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Saba and St. Eustatius this means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours

The islands in the Caribbean have response plans in place which include hurricane emergency response.  In the event they should be affected, they are highly experienced in hurricane response management.  Local authorities have already started implementing contingency plans. 

People who are on a package holiday in the region should keep in close contact with their travel provider, monitor news reports and follow the advice from local authorities. People who have travelled there independently should monitor news reports and follow the advice from local authorities.

Anyone imminently due to travel to the region should check with their travel provider or airline to establish if their holiday or flight are affected.