08 Sep 2017
Several islands in the Caribbean Union were hammered by the passing of Hurricane Irma, leaving a trail of damage in its path. Described as the most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history, Irma drenched several islands with inches of rain and winds in excess of 150 mph. The Category 5 storm had maximum sustained winds of 185 mph (295 kph) and left a path of destruction across the Eastern Caribbean.
Members of the Caribbean Union Conference (CARU) in the Eastern Caribbean can praise God despite the devastation wrought by the passage of Hurricane Irma, as to date, there is no reported loss of life among our members.
At the time of writing several islands in the South Leeward Mission (SLM) and North Caribbean Conference (NCC) have suffered devastation. Among the island heavily affected were Antigua and Barbuda, St. Maarten, Anguilla, Tortola and the U.S.V.I. In Barbuda is it reported that only a few buildings still have fully intact roofs. St. Maarten was terribly affected by strong winds and heavy flooding; initial reports indicate the airport was partially demolished and the SDA School in St Martin has reportedly lost its roof. The islands of Anguilla and Tortola also suffered severely. We will update as we get more information from the affected fields.
Information available to the CARU Communications Advisory is limited due to national communications systems being affected. At the time of writing, the Caribbean Union's ADRA Director has not released any communication about the relief effort. We do advise all CARU members to keep their fellow citizens, brothers, and sisters in prayer and to support any relief effort as provided by their home conference/mission.
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CARU Communications Team