Extreme Weather Advice
Extreme Weather in the Caribbean Region
The Atlantic hurricane season generally runs from June to November each year and can also affect the eastern and southern USA with heavy rain, flooding and extremely high winds.
Citizens with plans to be in the affected region during this period should consider the need to travel based on information relating to extreme weather projections. Below are a number of website which may be of use in making your decision to travel.
You should follow the advice of the local authorities, evacuate when asked to do so, exercise caution & keep in contact with friends and family.
We would urge citizens to follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates and download the Departments Travel Advice App, TravelWise. You should also give family and friends the address and telephone number of where you are staying, and call, text, or email them to let them know your plans if a hurricane or tropical storm is forecast to affect the area you are in. We would also encourage you to let family and friends know you are safe after the storm has passed.
Irish citizens travelling or living overseas are encouraged to register their contact details with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. When you register with the Department, it means that we have a record of your details. The information will allow us to contact you, and provide assistance, if necessary and possible, you can register through the link below.
Those with plans to travel to the region in the next few days should contact their airline and/or travel agent as many airports are closing and flights are being cancelled.
For information on severe weather systems affecting the USA and neighbouring regions, visit the website of the US National Hurricane Centre
Hurricane Maria is heading across the Caribbean Sea as a category 5 storm towards Montserrat, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico after causing widespread damage on the island of Dominica.
Winds of up to 160mph (260km/h) and heavy rains were recorded in Dominca late on Monday as the eye of the hurricane passed.
A tracking forecast has indicated that the eye of Hurricane Maria will move over the north-eastern Caribbean Sea on Tuesday, and approach the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Tuesday night and Wednesday.
A curfew has been imposed on the British Virgin Islands where relief efforts from Hurricane Irma have been halted.
The storm will continue moving toward Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands as a strong Category 4 or a Category 5 and is not expected to diminish in strength.