Governor Carriere Issues Statement on Hurricane Irma
â€œMontserrat is now under a â€œhurricane warningâ€ from Hurricane Irma. I have just signed theÂ Proclamation that there is a substantial prospect that a disaster will strike the island. This is theÂ official order that legally puts in motion all the preparations for a hurricane or severe storms orÂ other disaster on Montserrat.
According to current forecasts, Irma should pass to our north late on Tuesday 5 September and intoÂ Wednesday 6 September. However, Montserrat can expect hurricane force conditions. TropicalÂ storm force conditions will begin to be felt on Tuesday afternoon. The forecasts remain uncertainÂ and it is possible that Irma will become more of a direct threat than is currently forecasted. SoÂ please take these storm warnings seriously.
Preparations for Irma are underway. NDPRAC has met twice under my chairmanship. It will meetÂ again before the storm arrives. Announcements have already been made about the closure ofÂ schools and DMCA will make announcements about the opening of shelters and other public adviceÂ in the next 24 hours. In the United Kingdom the Disaster Management Oversight Committee hasÂ met three times to consider and prepare for a UK Government response should any of the OverseasÂ Territories be affected. Irmaâ€™s track takes it close to or over Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands andÂ the Turks and Caicos Islands.
It is now important that everyone in Montserrat makes their own preparations. You should haveÂ completed these by midday on Tuesday. In particular I want to stress the importance of yourÂ businesses and properties being clear of loose material that can fly around in heavy winds and causeÂ injury and damage to others. Please make sure you either secure material or take it to the landfill atÂ Jack Boy Hill.
Please also stay away from the beaches, where high tides and storm surge will make sea conditionÂ dangerous and the roads and beaches unsafe.
After the storm it is equally important that no-one ventures outside and, especially, onto the roadsÂ until the official â€œAll Clearâ€ has been declared by DMCA in consultation with the police. Please doÂ not impede whatever emergency response action is needed by the Police, the Defence Force, PublicÂ Works Dept, DMCA and others.
This is Montserratâ€™s most serious threat from a hurricane for a number of years. Please take itÂ seriously and do whatever you need to do to keep yourselves and your families safe. Please stayÂ safe, and may God bless us all.