- Hurricane Irma has now been upgraded to a Category 5 hurricane, with winds of up to 175mph
- British Airways has cancelled some of their flights to the Caribbean, with Virgin and Caribbean Airlines following suit
- The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has issued a warning to British travellers heading to the islands
Hurricane Irma has been upgraded to “extremely dangerous” Category 5 Hurricane, as it travels across many of the Caribbean islands and Florida.
A state of emergency was declared this morning in Florida as Flordia governor Rick Scott stated people should “prepare for the worst and hope for the best”.
Hurricane warnings are also in place for the following islands: Antigua, Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St Kitts, and Nevis, Saba, St Eustatius and Saint Maarten, Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy, British Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Vieques and Culebra.
However, how are British holidays being affected?
Hurricane Irma has been upgraded to Category 4, but how will this affect British holidays?
British Airways has cancelled some of its flights to the Caribbean
British Airways has cancelled some of its flights to the Caribbean.
In a statement, the airline commented: “As a result of the expected storm caused by Hurricane Irma, we have been advised by Antigua airport authorities that operations will be significantly impacted on Tuesday 5 September.”
“We are doing all we can to get our customers to their final destinations and some customers will be able to re-book with Caribbean Airlines via Port of Spain or with our partner American Airlines via Miami.
“The following services have been cancelled due to the adverse weather: BA2157 from London Gatwick to Antigua and Tobago, and BA2156 from Tobago to Antigua.
“We are keeping our flights to other Caribbean islands under review, pending the latest information from the airport authorities.”
Travellers are warned to keep an eye on their flight status for any updates, as other airlines such as Virgin, Caribbean Airlines and Delta Airlines could also be subject to change.
Hurricane Irma has caused flight cancellations from British Airways to Antigua
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office updated the travel warnings to many of the destinations set to be hit, and how British travellers are to be affected.
The website states: “Hurricane Irma is forecast to bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to Cuba from around Thursday.
“You should follow the advice of the local authorities and any orders given to evacuate to or remain in a place of safety.
“Tour operators, hotels and owners of casas particulares should be aware of the advice in place in each area.”
Hurricane Irma has caused Florida to issue a state of emergency
The National Hurricane Center has issued an update regarding Hurricane Irma’s path.
They have stated: “On the forecast track, the core of Irma will move near or over portions of the northern Leeward Islands tonight and early Wednesday.
“There is an increasing chance of seeing some impacts from Irma in the Florida Peninsula and the Florida Keys later this week and this weekend.
“Otherwise, it is still too early to determine what direct impacts Irma might have on the continental United States.”