US Virgin Isles recover from Hurricane Earl

The US Virgin Islands are quickly recovering from Hurricane Earl.

Although the islands are reporting no loss of life and no structural damage, the authorities are cleaning debris from the roads and fallen trees while power is being restored across the islands.

Phone lines and mobile phone networks are also being restored although there was a curfew last night between 11pm and 5am on the St Thomas and St John islands to allow the clean up and power restoration to continue.

Airports have also reopened, although travellers have been advised to contact their airlines to ensure their flights are running as scheduled.

Beverly Nicholson-Doty, the islands’ commissioner of tourism, said: “We are thankful that no major damage has been reported, however we continue to work closely with government agencies, our partner airlines, cruise lines and hotels to ensure that the needs of our visitors are met.

“We will be communicating further updates as the situation warrants.”

Hurricane Earl, currently a category four storm, is now heading towards the Turks and Caicos islands while US authorities are warning it may yet hit the US coast.

Cruise ships and flights in the Caribbean have already been diverted as a result of the hurricane.

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