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Hurricane Irma

The ABTA Destinations team continue to monitor Hurricane Irma.

Sanford (SFB) Orlando Airport 
A statement on the Sanford Orlando Airport is advising that the last commercial passenger flight will depart at 5:15 PM on Saturday 9th September. There will be no commercial passenger flight activity after that time until further notice. Commercial passenger flight operations will resume as soon as possible and will be announced accordingly.

ABTA Statement 
We are closely monitoring the progress of Hurricane Irma, which is powerful category 4 hurricane which is bringing hazardous sea and weather conditions to parts of the Caribbean.  Irma has now passed the Leeward Islands, St. Martin the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and just north of the coast of Hispaniola (Dominican Republic and Haiti) the authorities in these areas are assessing the damage caused.  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 continue to move westward away from the Turks and Caicos Islands and toward the south-eastern Bahamas this morning (local time).  The hurricane will then move between the north coast of Cuba and the Bahamas during the next day or two, and be near the Florida Keys and the southern Florida Peninsula Sunday morning (local time).

Currently, there is a hurricane warning is in effect for a number of areas, including Turks and Caicos Islands, South-eastern, Central and Northern Bahamas,  Cuban provinces of Camaguey, Ciego de Avila, Sancti Spiritus, and Villa Clara and parts of Florida, (including Jupiter Inlet southward around the Florida peninsula to Bonita Beach, Florida Keys, Lake Okeechobee,  Florida Bay). This means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. A Hurricane Watch is in effect for parts of Cuba (Guantanamo, Holguin, Las Tunas and Matanzas) and pats of Florida ( North of Jupiter Inlet to Sebastian Inlet &  North of Bonita Beach to Anna Maria Island

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 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.

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