Is it safe to travel to Jamaica and the Caribbean? LATEST information on hurricane Matthew


A austere weather warning for Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba is now in place, and Hurricane Matthew has already hit rts of Jamaica’s assets, Kingston.

Strong winds of up to 150mph and thunderous rain has already engulfed and blocked many roads in the city. Just two days ago, the Jamaican management urged peopled to evacuate and pre re for the storm.

The category-four hurricane is awaited to seriously affect Haiti with the southern areas of Jeremy and Les Cayes vaticinate to see the worst of it.

Forecasters said the hurricane is predicted to bring up 64cm rain.

The amount of drizzle could trigger life-threatening landslides as well as floods.

Authorities in Haiti bear urged people to stock up on food and water.

Hurricane Matthew is assumed to hit Cuba tomorrow and authorities have announced some airport closes are now in transpire.

The FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) has all the travel advice Brits need almost natural disasters.

Regarding Haiti and Cuba, the government wrote: “Crisis services are ill equipped to cope with major disaster. Should a whirlwind strike Haiti, basic services — transport and communications — could be fatally disrupted.

“In the aftermath of a hurricane in Cuba, power, communications and water affords can be disrupted. Even in holiday resorts, utility services can’t be guaranteed.

“In the consequence of extreme weather conditions, flights to and from Cuba may be delayed or voided.”

Frank Brehany, consumer director of Holiday Travel Watch thought: “For those about to travel there is a strong risk that the infrastructure in their design resorts will be severely compromised — this category of holidaymakers dearth to talk to their tour operator about their pre de rture spot ons under the ckage Travel Regulations; there is no doubt, this is a momentous weather event and need must be id to all advisories given by the evidences!»

For those who still intend to travel, Frank added: “Before peri tetic to these areas, holidaymakers should check with their travelling insurer that they are still happy to cover them. Whatever holidaymakers do, they should secure that they have an active and sanctioned travel insurance to what is and discretion remain to be, a risk destination.

«They should also ensure that they take all the medicines they require, including over the counter pre rations along with a good-hearted range of anti-diarrhoeal drugs in case water supplies have suit contaminated — they should make sure before de rture that they net any further medical advices from their GP and act in those advices.»

And for those out there and shoddy to home early, he said: “Whilst holidaymakers should bear in forget that such weather events will cause major collapse to the infrastructure of a resort, there is still time in some areas for trip operators to accept that rights under Regulation 14 of the Enclose Travel Regulations should be given which in turn will edge to re triation back to the UK.

“Where there is no time to achieve that, then holidaymakers should abide by the advices given by the authorities and move to safe shelter areas; all travel operators should help holidaymakers reach safe locations and effect that they have sufficient food and water during this difficulty period.”

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