Hurricane Irma hit the Turks and Caicos Islands as a Category Five storm. The islands experienced extreme winds, heavy rainfall and intense storm surge. Irma was the most powerful storm to make landfall on the islands.
The island's Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) is currently conducting assessments throughout the islands. Initial reports indicate localized flooding, and damages to roofs, some property and landscaping; electricity and communication are out to many residents and properties, however, at the moment, there are no reports of loss of life.
The Providenciales International Airport is now reopened. TCI's Director of Tourism Ramon Andrews, also announced that telecommunications services are returning. Also, electricity is returning to essential services and relief supplies are now coming in.
More from Ramon below:
All government and local relief agencies are working together to ensure that services are returned to normal as soon as possible.
Several of TCI's hotel properties were scheduled for annual closure PRIOR to Irma; some properties have now elected to be closed, to assess any damage to their properties and looking to reopen by the beginning to middle of October 2017.
Many of TCI's villa properties are expected to be operational shortly and individuals are welcomed to reach out to them, to determine their availability for accommodations.
For Visitors to the Islands in need of further assistance, kindly contact the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board at:
New York Office: 1.800.241.0825
Canada Office: 1.866.413.8875