Prime Minister Marlin Addresses Sint Maarten as Hurricane Maria Approaches

Sint Maarten/Saint Martin are currently under a hurricane watch, and tropical storm warning, as Hurricane Maria approaches the Lesser Antilles (read the latest hurricane update here). According to most of the forecasting models, it appears that the hurricane eye should stay south of the already storm-battered island.

The impact of the storm is still expected to effect the island starting as soon as tomorrow morning.

Just a few moments ago, Prime Minister William Marlin addressed Sint Maarten from the studios of Laser 101 FM. The full audio clip is below. Here are the highlights from his statement.

  • Impact from Maria should start around noon
  • Expect up to six inches of rain and tropical storm-force winds
  • Biggest concern is that you stay safe
  • If you need shelter, stay with a friend/family member or go to a shelter (list here)
  • Urges everyone to help those who need shelter
  • Curfew is in effect as of 7 pm tonight until further notice and will be strictly enforced
  • Changes to curfew will be announced when it is safe to do so


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Jon Ferlise

I fell in love with the island of Saint Martin the first time I visited to celebrate my 40th birthday in May of 2009. Since then, I've spent most birthdays there, and have visited countless other times getting to know this wonderful place and the friendly locals that make it so special. I adore the culture, the people, the community, and the beauty of this stunning island. SXM Strong is a website that I started to support humanitarian relief efforts following Hurricane Irma. There was no plan, it just evolved as I witnessed the devastation that Irma caused the island and the huge need to communicate and disseminate information about what had happened and how people could help support this island and its people.

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