Mundo 18-09-2017

After Irma, the Caribbean prepares for the fortified Hurricane Maria

Lesser Antilles, devastated by Irma, were preparing Monday for the imminent arrival of a new hurricane, Mary, who continues to gain strength and progress in Dominica and Martinique straight line.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said US Mary had strengthened as a Category 3 hurricane on Monday, on his way to the French island of GuadeloupeWhere is the base of rescue operations and humanitarian aid for several islands affected by the passage of Irma this month.

The closure was ordered in schools, businesses and government offices in Guadeloupe, where his arrival was expected around midday. Each island has a population of 400,000 people.

The NHC, based in Miami, warned that hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 195 km / h, would be strengthened over the next two days.

Maria could lead to a "dangerous" tide "large and destructive waves" that could raise water levels between 1.5 and 2.1 meters.

A "hurricane warning" the NHC apply to Guadeloupe, Dominica, Saint Kitts and Navis, Montserrat and Martinique.

The NHC issued a "hurricane watch" for Puerto Rico, especially in Vieques and Culebra, in its last part.

Up to 51 centimeters are expected in the Leeward, Puerto Rico and the British Virgin Islands and US islands on Wednesday night.

Europe sends reinforcements

AFP / Kun TIAN (Ciclones en el Atlántico)

France, Britain and the Netherlands are at the heart of controversy over the means implemented after the passage of Irma. Their governments were blamed for having been slow to send assistance and police reinforcements to the islands, in chaos and often fought to looting after the hurricane.

The island of St. Martin, French -a divided into two zones and other Dutch-Red Cross transported 11 tons of aid from the Netherlands on Sunday, including materials to repair roofs.

In the neighboring Dutch islands of Saba and St. Eustatius, the Red Cross deployed tents to accommodate people that Irma had left on the street.

In addition, the Dutch navy tweeted that some troops were headed to the two islands to ensure the safety of the area, after looting recorded in San Martin after the passage of Irma.

For its part, the French Interior Minister, Gérard Collomb, announced on Sunday sending a "110 military civil protection".

AFP / Helene Valenzuela (Dos mujeres se preparan para tomar un ferry a Guadalupe desde la francesa isla caribeña de San Martín, el 17 de septiembre de 2017)

But he warned that "We'll have major problems" if Guadalupe is hit with force, because the territory was "the logistics center where San Martin helps send and organize all air transport".

Flights canceled

In Guadalupe, the prefecture asked "that people do not move, seeking shelter, whether at home or in a safe place and to inform themselves of the weather radio."

Airlines Air France, Air Caraibes and Corsair canceled flights originating in or intended in Martinique and Guadeloupe

Another hurricane, Joseph, is also active in the Atlantic and has triggered tropical storm warnings for the northeastern United States.

Irma, who left around 40 people dead in the Caribbean before hitting Florida, where at least 20 people were killed, broke records with winds up to 295 km / h.

AFP