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HURRICANE IRMA’S IMPACT

Published on 8 September 2017 by Sabrina Piccinin

Hurricane Irma causes devastation in the Caribbean

Updates Friday, Sept 29

St Barths

 “Open for business” in mid-November, but please check with us first info@hauteretreats.com

  • Villas: Many of the villas are projected to be open for business for the holidays. Contact us for details.
  • Restaurants Open:  Au Regal, L’Ardoise, Galawa Restaurant, Island Flavors, Fresh West Indies, Bar L’Oubli, Le Select, 25 Quarter, Bistro Josephine and Les Bananiers. Restaurants that will open in November: Le Ti St Barth, Mayas, Tamarin,  Black Ginger, Orega, Isola, Bonito and Eddy’s. Check back daily for updates
  • Airport: St. Barts’ Gustav III airport is opened for commercial operations. Post Irma Update from Winair:“Currently the fleet is operating from the Island of St. Kitts as fuel and security for aircraft are not yet present in St. Martin. Winair will be flying 3-4 flights in and out of St. Maarten to St. Barth starting Oct. 1st.
  • Port: The Tourist Office has announced that the first cruise ships are expected on October 30, 2017. The commercial port facilities are open.
  • Roads: Roadways are open for all vehicles in all areas of the island.
  • Electricity: Electricity is restored in Gustavia, Saint Jean, Lorient, Pointe Milou, Marigot, and many other areas of the island. Internet service is now widely available. Wi-fi hot spots are being installed. Cellular phone service is available in Gustavia and by the airport.
  • Water: Systems are down on the island, teams are working to get the water running again. Updates to come.
  • Food: The Super U and AMC Grocery stores in Saint-Jean are open.
  • Services: The furniture and decor shop Villa Victoria has re-opened in Gustavia.
  • Live Cams from the island: http://st-barth.com/

St. Martin

Updates Friday, Sept 29

Public fountains with safe water can be found at these locations – Sandy Ground Marigot, stadium Vanterpool, Concordia basketball court, Round Cul-de-Sac, Orleans neighborhood, Oyster Pond. SXM airport is only open to relief flights. Commercial service will resume later this fall.

  • Villas: No villas in St Martin will be available to vacation in before April 1, 2018.

Turks and Caicos

Updates Thursday, Sept 28
  • Villas: a good number of villas will be available around Nov 1, with further updates to follow. We are in contact with villa owners and villa managers and are documenting the status of each villa, Call or email info@hauteretreats.com of details
  • Airport: Providenciales International Airport (PLS) is open for commercial flights.
  • Port: Ports are fully operational.
  • Roads: Most Roads are cleared.
  • Electricity: Power has been restored to the Leeward area, Grace Bay, the airport, the hospital, the highway and some of downtown.
  • Water: Water service has been repaired and parts of Providenciales are working, including hospitals, airport, Grace Bay region, Chalk Sound, Ocean Point, and Sunset Bay along with the Leeward Hi-way circuit.
  • Food: Graceway Gourmet is open in Providenciales. Turks Head Brewery in Providenciales is supplying water and fish.

We are in touch with the team in each island.

Updates September 13th 2017

Anguilla The onsite team at Ani Retreats Anguilla is safe however reservations are going to be postponed for 2018 due to the damages reported to the property.

  • Airport: The Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport (AXA) is open for relief flights.
  • Port: The Road Bay Port at Sandy Ground has reopened and can now receive cargo.
  • Roads: The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency is reporting the airport runway and most roads leading to the airport have been cleared of debris. Community volunteers are engaged in the clean-up campaign.
  • Electricity: Digicel Anguilla Service has resumed for Digicel customers in Isaac Cliff, The Valley. Service was restored to customers in: Blowing Point (The Valley), Little Harbour; Statia Valley; Rey Hill; Water Swamp; Upper North Hill; Stoney Ground; Little Dix; Northside. The electric and gas companies brought in workers to restart generators, and fix power lines to distribute power.
  • Water: Most villas and hotels have cisterns (water tanks) for their individual use. Municipal works are working to restore central water supply.

Turks and Caicos the onsite team from Triton Villa and the other teams located in Turks and Caicos are safe and already working hard to have the properties and services as soon as possible, however we will update the situation in the next couple of weeks.

Punta Cana The onsite team confirmed everything is just fine and they sent pictures taken on September 9th please check the images below.

St Barts the situation is St. Barts is still  slow but with great promise. The government has created wi-fi posts at few locations on the island. They started cleaning the streets. The town hall will reopen this week and also the government services. We are going to receive new updates next week however we are not going to take new reservations until we have a clear situations.

St Martin the situation in St. Martin is not as bright. St. Martin reported major damages. As for now the electricity is only in Marigot. No reservations will taken for the next 60 days if not longer.

Necker Island as per Sir Branson updates you can take a look of the damages at this link http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/11/sir-richard-branson-shares-video-devastation-necker-island-appeals/ we will keep up with the updates hoping that everybody will be ok soon in the BVI.

Miami we are going to receive updates in the next couple of days.

Updates September 9th 2017

Punta Cana confirmed the airport operations are active starting today and they had minor damages.

St. Martin as we all know right now there is not electricity and there are updates at the government site https://sxmgovernment.com/2017/09/07/9-new-photos-orient-beach-french-saint-martin-hurricane-irma-2017/

We received confirmation that Grand Case had major damages and in general everywhere.

Barbados is ok and even the next hurricane is not going to hit.

BVI has major damages please check this link for more details http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/irma-hurricane-latest-news-deaths-casualties-british-virgin-islands-path-track-a7936741.html

Hurricane Irma roared through the 40 small islands of the British Virgin Islands late on Wednesday, causing major damage to the largest and most populated island of Tortola.

Necker Island is also damaged and will be posting when they will accept bookings.

In Turks and Caicos communications went down as the storm slammed into the islands, and the extent of the devastation was not immediately clear. Our team is ok however we still don’t know the damages.

St. Barth has not electricity still. The opening of the Eden Rock was postponed to the end of October if not later please check this post for more news.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/caribbean/st-barts/articles/eden-rock-hotel-st-barths-devastated-by-hurricane-irma/

 

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