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5 September 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Philippine Embassy is urging the Filipino communities in the East Coast to take all necessary precautions and brace themselves for Hurricane Irma, which is projected to hit the Caribbean islands and surrounding areas, Puerto Rico, and the state of Florida within the next few days.

The US National Hurricane Center has now classified Hurricane Irma as a Category 5 hurricane, with potentially catastrophic damage to its path.

Below is a summary of hurricane warnings and watches currently in effect, based on the latest bulletin of the National Hurricane Center:

Hurricane Warning

  • Antigua, Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts, and Nevis
  • Saba, St. Eustatius, and Saint Maarten
  • Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy
  • British Virgin Islands
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Puerto Rico, Vieques, and Culebra
  • Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano to the northern border with
  • Haiti

Hurricane Watch

  • Guadeloupe
  • Haiti from the northern border with the Dominican Republic to Le Mole St. Nicholas
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Southeastern Bahamas

The Embassy has jurisdiction over Antigua, Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy, British Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico, Haiti, Turks and Caicos Islands, Bahamas, Guadeloupe, and Dominica.

The latest projections also show Hurricane Irma moving towards the state of Florida, where a state of emergency has been declared.

“We advise all our kababayans staying along the path of Hurricane Irma to stay indoors and avoid unnecessary travel until the storm has passed,” said Embassy Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Minister Patrick Chuasoto.

As part of the preparations, the Philippine Embassy also recommends to the Filipino communities in the affected areas to stock up on food and other emergency provisions, monitor developments, and heed the guidance and warnings of local authorities.

Filipinos who may require assistance may reach the Philippine Embassy through the following contact information:

Emergency hotline: 202-368-2767

Email addresses: consular@phembassy-us.orgatn@phembassy-us.org

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