Update on St Maarten/St Martin: Jose Has Passed, U.S. State Dept Issues Directions, More

There have been a number of developments on the island of St. Maarten/St. Martin since our last update from earlier today and we want to bring you up to speed.

It appears that the bulk of Jose has passed the island without any further damage. That, of course, is a blessing and extremely amazing news!!

The U.S. State Department issued instructions to all U.S. citizens on the island. The most important item here is that all citizens should stay where you are and continue to stay sheltered from Hurricane Jose. Do not go to the airport unless you have specific and confirmed departure plans. It’s most likely that the State Department or local police or military will assist you when the storm has cleared. Stay where you are and stay safe.

There have been hundreds of people evacuated off the island today. We asked the State Department if they had specific numbers and were told that they did not have an official count and will provide updated information as it becomes available.

Included in the evacuees today has been over 100 AUC School of Medicine students.

While many people have been evacuated safely, there are still many people actively searching for, and trying to make contact with, family and loved ones.

And, unfortunately, it sounds like things on the French side have remained difficult, with more questions than answers for people seeking to make contact with loved ones and/or get them off evacuated.

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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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