Hurricane warnings have been issued for the northern Leeward Islands in the Caribbean.

Tropical Storm Jerry was last night upgraded to hurricane force and is expected to pass over the north of the region today.

Islands in its path include Antigua, Barbuda and Anguilla.

The FCO warned that Hurricane Jerry is forecast to pass near the northern Leeward Islands.

“A tropical storm watch is in effect for Barbuda, which means tropical storm effects are possible within the next 36 hours,” the FCO said in revised travel advice.

“You should exercise due caution and monitor local news and weather reports, and follow the advice of local authorities.”

Barbuda was seriously hit by Hurricane Irma and Jose in September 2017.

“Many buildings were destroyed. Reconstruction work is still taking place,” the FCO added.

“If you’re planning to visit Barbuda you should monitor local and international weather updates, follow the advice of the local authorities and ensure your accommodation is secure.”

The latest alert came as Bermuda escaped serious damage as Hurricane Humberto passed 100 miles north of the British Overseas Territory as a category two hurricane. Around 80% of the island had its power knocked out due to storm-force winds.