St. Maarten, Saba, and St. Eustatius Hurricane Update – Sitrep 1

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The Consulate is closely monitoring the situation in Sint Maarten, St. Eustatius, and Saba. Hurricane Irma struck yesterday morning as a Category 5 hurricane with maximum sustained winds near 185 mph (295 km/h) with higher gusts.

Initial reports indicate widespread damage, flooding, and power outages in Sint Maarten. Princess Juliana International Airport is closed and has been impacted. Tourists on Sint Maarten, Statia, and Saba should be prepared to experience several days of flight disruptions. U.S. Consulate General Curacao is receiving reports that some power and water services have resumed. Communications are still down on most of the island. Emergency personnel are working to clear and repair the airport. 

Communications are down, and radio transmissions have been disrupted. Most U.S. citizens on Sint Maarten currently do not have the ability to communicate by phone or email. Our staff is focused on obtaining information about conditions on the ground. We encourage concerned family members to continue monitoring the news for further information and communicate concerns about U.S. citizens to the Consulate by email at ACSCuracao@state.gov.

The Government of Sint Maarten is providing emergency assistance, supplies, and is securing the island. The Dutch government has sent emergency personnel. Several Sint Maarten hotels have posted updates about the safety of their guests on U.S. websites. U.S. citizens requiring emergency assistance should contact local emergency management officials. U.S. citizens who are safe should contact their loved ones directly and/or update their social media status. The Consulate is receiving high volume phone calls and emails.

You may inform the Department of State of U.S. citizens who are outside of the United States and require assistance, including yourself, through the following way: Visit the Hurricane Irma page on https://tfa.state.gov/and use the link for Task Force Alert, then select “2017 Hurricane Irma.”