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Check with Travel Provider About Impact of Irma on Holidays

ABTA is warning holidaymakers in the affected regions of the Caribbean and in coming days, Florida, to check with their provider for the latest information.

Airlines are now making decisions about changes to their schedules, so the message is - get in touch!

ABTA says it is closely monitoring the progress of Hurricane Irma, a powerful category 5 hurricane which is bringing hazardous sea and weather conditions to parts of the Caribbean.

Irma has now passed the Leeward Islands, St. Martin and the British Virgin Islands and the authorities are assessing the damage caused.

ABTA says it is difficult to predict exactly where the storm will continue to impact at this stage, however, if Hurricane Irma continues on its forecast path it will move away from Puerto Rico this morning, pass just north of the coast of Hispaniola (Dominican Republic and Haiti) later today, and be near the Turks and Caicos and south-eastern Bahamas by this evening.

Currently, there is a hurricane warning in effect for a number of areas, including Puerto Rico, parts of the Dominican Republic and Haiti and Central Bahamas. This means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. A Hurricane Watch is in effect for parts of Cuba and North-western Bahamas.

The statement this morning adds: "The islands in the Caribbean have response plans in place which include hurricane emergency response. In the event they should be affected, they are highly experienced in hurricane response management. Local authorities have already implemented, or are in the process of implementing, contingency plans.

“People who are on a package holiday in the region should keep in close contact with their travel provider, monitor news reports and follow the advice of the local authorities. People who have travelled independently should also monitor news reports and follow the advice of the local authorities.

"Airlines and tour operators are adjusting flight schedules and holiday itineraries as appropriate, and anyone imminently due to travel to the region should check with their travel provider or airline to establish if their holiday itinerary or flights are affected."

Further travel advice will be issued when it becomes clearer what impact the storm is likely to have when it makes landfall in Florida.

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