Americans Stuck in Turks and Caicos During Hurricane Irma

Lowry and her vacation mates were fortified somewhat by talking to residents who’d experienced several hurricanes before. They traveled to the Turks and Caicos for a family vacation but the trip home was nothing short of a nightmare.

“We tried Monday to see if there were any flights out”, she said.

“We have never had a storm like this come through here before, so we don’t really know what to expect, but based on what we have seen on TV from Saint Martin and Barbuda, we’re really hoping that it doesn’t hit us that hard”, he said. I’ve been up since 4, they’ve been up all night. They slept on pool floats lent to them by Gauss. “At that point it was saying, ‘If you can make arrangements to leave, ‘ but at that point it was nearly too late”, she said.

1 World is already looking into how it can use its funds to help the Turks and Caicos recover from Irma.

“Sometimes they need a physical therapist or an occupational therapist, whatever it might be”, said Joe Rich, founder of 1 World Foundation.

Chamberlain’s husband, Mark Chamberlain, said he got to talk to his wife at about 5:30 a.m. local time and was very glad that she and Loren were safe. “To hear from them this morning it was like”, Mark Chamberlain broke off, seeming to choke up. As of this morning, Irma remains a Category 5 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 180 miles per hour and gusts to 220 miles per hour.

Basically, Hurricane Irma is so strong and its pressure is so low, it’s sucking water from its surroundings into the core of the storm. Officials estimate the storm killed about a dozen people in the Caribbean, according to National Public Radio. A meteorologist told Sputnik if hurricanes continue to pound low-lying islands, they may reach a point when the inhabitants decide to abandon them. Chamberlain said they could find no way off the island after multiple calls to the airliner and embassy.

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