American couple stranded in British Virgin Islands by Hurricane Irma

09/14/2017 03:00 |

American couple stranded in British Virgin Islands by Hurricane Irma

Dan Cloutier says they would still like to spend this winter in the British Virgin Islands, but this time they want to go as relief workers.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is visiting the British territories devastated by the hurricane.

Two members of the United Kingdom police cadre, who offer support to the military in times of worldwide crisis, flew out on Friday and a further 53 British officers, from 14 police forces are due to fly out on Sunday.

"But the whole British Virgin Islands community is rallying round".

Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm Monday more than a day after making Florida landfall.

Hurricane Irma's 185-mph winds proved terrifying in their sound and power for many on the island.

Residents have reported shortages of food, water and medicine, and many have complained of looting.

The aid heading for HMS Ocean includes 10,000 buckets and 5,000 solar lanterns, the spokeswoman said.

"We have had some help from the Americans but they of course have their own problems".

"This story is about the tens of thousands of people who have lost their homes and their livelihoods", he wrote.

Ex-pat billionaires and poor islanders alike were forced to take cover as Irma tore roofs off buildings, flipped cars and killed livestock, raging from the Leeward Islands across Puerto Rico and Hispaniola then into Cuba before turning on Florida.

"Basically, life-saving commodities is what we are getting in there", he said.

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable said: "The action of other governments puts Theresa May's response in sharp relief". She was evacuated by the French.

Branson is now based in Puerto Rico where he is "mobilising recovery with government and aid agencies" before he heads back to the island to help on the ground.

"We've provided £32 million in immediate assistance to the overseas territories".

Some Britons stranded on affected islands said they felt abandoned, while others claimed the Dutch and French governments - which also have Caribbean territories - were better prepared and quicker to respond.

She added: "We're working on the ground to re-establish governance of those islands again".

"With the security situation deteriorating in numerous affected islands all British citizens should be considered vulnerable".

However Mr Johnson said that the hurricane has been "an unprecedented event, an unprecedented catastrophe" for the people who live in the part of the Caribbean which has been worst hit.

The officers will support the local police force to maintain law and order, as well as helping to find missing people, including British nationals, the NPCC explained.


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