Antigua Spared From Irma’s Wrath.
Antigua has successfully coped with Hurricane Irma, defying the worst predictions of disaster. There was no loss of life. The local population and all visitors to the island are safe. Most residential, business and Hotel properties in Antigua remain largely unscathed and already the main roads have been cleared of the debris of fallen trees.
The V C Bird International Airport was open by 2pm (Eastern Standard Time) on Wednesday 6th September to accommodate arriving and departing aircraft and passengers. Visitors were encouraged to contact the relevant airlines and tour operators if their flights were affected.
“The essential point is that our main infrastructure has stood-up and our country can resume normal life within hours”. Asot Michael, the country’s Minister of Tourism, Economic Development, Investment and Energy said. “All our visitors remained safe during Hurricane Irma. The island’s Hotels suffered only minimal damage and have already commenced clean-up operations”.
Prime Minister Gaston Browne, in a statement earlier today, said that “the work that the Government initiated in advance of the storm paid remarkable dividends. The drains, gutters and reservoirs that were cleared in advance, ensured that the island experienced no flooding, hence eliminating the possibility of water-borne disease.
He went onto say “We in Antigua have weathered the most powerful hurricane ever to storm its way through the Caribbean and we have done so with stunning results”.
“The forecast was that Antigua would be devastated, our infrastructure demolished, people killed and our economy destroyed, however, In the light of day, the picture was very different.”
No lives were lost in Antigua.
His Excellency, the Governor General of Antigua & Barbuda, Sir Rodney Williams, in a statement earlier today, said “ The intensity with which Hurricane Irma was predicted to strike Antigua and Barbuda was lessened by the grace of God. God speared us from impending destruction and disaster. We must therefore never forget that God is in control of man and nature – he calmed the storm and parted the Red Sea. We have been given another chance.”
He also said that citizens should be applauded for attaching the seriousness to Hurricane Irma that it deserved.
Following the passage of hurricane Irma, efforts were made by the ABDF and the Solid Waste Department to clean the streets of any debris, and by APUA to restore electricity to the island in a timely and efficient manner.