Residents begin feeling impact of Hurricane Irma

Signs and Billboards were the first to fall

Residents on both Antigua and Barbuda are beginning to feel the effects of Hurricane Irma.

At 11 p.m. the storm was 50 miles away from the twin-island state.

The Met Office said winds of 50 knots were recorded at the airport.

Already one Green Bay resident lost his roof as a result of the ferocious winds. According to reports, the man is under his bed awaiting assistance.

The Fire Department also responded to a fire at the CTV antenna at Dunbars.

Elsewhere, there have been reports of fallen trees and broken branches.

Over in Barbuda, where residents are expected to feel the brunt of the storm, residents are reporting very strong winds.

Disaster officials said about 1000 people were in shelters throughout the country.

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    • Many former visitors to Antigua, including myself, are worried sick about the islands and the locals they made friends with who showed wonderful hospitality and kindness. We are praying for all in Irma’s path. May God comfort all in Antigua and Barbuda.

    • Early reports suggest that Antigua did OK structurally but you should have your island contact check on your home for water damage.

  1. An update: it seems most are okay, so the worst is over. I’m in touch with a friend in St Johns, Hodges Bay

  2. We send our best wishes and hopes to all in Antigua and Barbuda for a safe passing of the Hurricane. Destroyed property can be replaced, the people of Antigua and Barbuda cannot, so please keep yourselves safe. We hope to visit the islands again next year and look forward to seeing everyone we have met previously and those we have yet to meet and know. Best wishes from the UK.

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