The reality of Hurricane Irma’s onslaught has barely had enough time to sink in for most residents in the territory, but warning bell has been sounded for residents to brace for the possible impact of a second hurricane – Jose.
Governor Augustus ‘Gus’ Jaspert gave the warning in an official release earlier today in which he revealed that there are reports of fatalities. A state of emergency has been announced for the territory also.
“So soon after experiencing such a devastating hurricane I am sorry to have to bring [to] your attention another tropical system in the Atlantic,” the Governor said.
“Hurricane Jose is moving towards the Leeward Islands and it is important we monitor the progress of this. On its current track, Jose is predicted to pass north of the Virgin Islands, possibly as a Category 3 hurricane on Saturday or Sunday. If it stays north of us we will not be significantly affected. But if it comes any closer to us we will be affected and so our preparation and response efforts have to be immediate.”
The Governor asked for cooperation and support to “ramp up operations” in the event the territory is impacted again a second time.
“Let us all continue to help each other. However, we can and continue to pray for each other. May God bless and protect the territory and our people. Thank you,” he said.
Meanwhile, the latest information coming out of the National Hurricane Centre said the eye of Hurricane Jose was moving west-northwest as the storm follows a similar path to Irma.
The Centre revealed that Jose is expected to be near the northern Leeward Islands on Saturday and warns that “some strengthening is forecast during the next day or so”.
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