Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 12th 2017 Contents Antigua and Barbuda resident Angie Skerritt leaves the
Piarco International Airport terminal last night. Having
survived Hurricane Irma's passage on her island, Skerritt
has decided to vacation in T&T for a week.
PICTURE ABRAHAM DIAZ
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Rescued St Maarten Trinis due home today
Irma survivors tell tales of fear
Twelve T&T nationals who be-
came stranded in St Maarten and
the British Virgin Islands after the
passage of Hurricane Irma were
airlifted out of those islands yes-
The rescue exercise was co-or-
dinated by the Ministry of Foreign
and Caricom Affairs and Ministry
of National Security.
A release from the National Se-
curity Ministry yesterday said the
Government, in conjunction with
the government of Antigua and
Barbuda and T&T's National Hel-
icopter Services Limited, made
arrangements to airlift nationals
who had provided them with their
information from St Maarten yes-
terday. However, the T&T Guardian
was told that these nationals will
be returning to Trinidad today.
An of icial request is also being
made to the British government for
assistance with respect to the evac-
uation of T&T nationals in the BVI,
the release said.
Meanwhile, T&T nationals and
other regional citizens who sur-
vived Irma's passage began ar-
riving on flights at the Piarco
International Airport last night,
some of them just happy to be alive
after experiencing one of the dead-
liest hurricanes to hit the region.
Antiguan cosmetologist Angie
Skerritt said last night she was en-
couraged by the outpouring of love
from the Antiguans to their fellow
countrymen and women from sis-
ter-isle Barbuda, which was com-
pletely destroyed by Irma.
Speaking to the T&T Guardian
minutes after disembarking Car-
ibbean Airlines flight BW459 from
Antigua, Skerritt thanked God that
Antigua did not suffer the extent
of infrastructural damage that Bar-
"It was scary but it was not what
we anticipated. We had very high
winds but no rain. Thank God we
survived," Skerritt said.
"All Antiguans came out with
clothes, foodstuff and water for
the people of Barbuda. They were
comforted, motivated and gave
love and faith and that by itself was
encouraging to me," she added.
Skerritt is originally from St Vin-
cent but now lives in Cedar Valley,
Antigua. She decided to come to
Trinidad on vacation for the rest of
Architect Newton Charles, also
of Antigua, said his Hurricane Irma
experience caused much anxiety.
"Prior to the hurricane we were
getting reports of the intensity of
the storm, which was our irst of
that magnitude. I'm into building
codes and our buildings are built
to stand up to maximum 150 mph
winds not as much as 185 mph and
a Category 5," Charles said.
"I thought nothing is going to
stand but we made it through. Sad
state for Barbuda though."
Antiguan Nakeebah James a stu-
dent here in Trinidad, said she was
terri ied during the hurricane's
"I went home for vacation. It
was frightening, but thank God I
am able to return to my studies."
Meanwhile, Trinidadian Alicia
Thompson was glad to be home
although Dominica was spared Ir-
Returning from Dominica
through Antigua and Barbuda last
night on Liat flight LI309, Thomp-
son, of San Juan, said after surviv-
ing Irma unscathed, setting foot
on T&T soil had taken on a new
She said her experience of Irma
was still a very scary one.
"I never looked at weather news
like that when I was in Dominica
before, because I wanted to know
what's happening and which hur-
ricane is going to hit," Thompson
She has been trying to return to
Trinidad since last Friday, but only
managed to get a flight out of Dom-
inica yesterday evening. That flight
went to Antigua before arriving in
"It was a bit fearful for me be-
cause we don't be on so much of
an alert as the islands up north,"
A T&T national who wished not
to be identi ied said he came in
through Antigua from Jamaica and
was "just lucky to escape Hurri-
cane Irma in its entirety."
Dutch security stop a motorist at a road check in St Maarten on Sunday. Non-nationals are being evacuated from the island as a result of looting and
increased violence in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.
PICTURE COURTESY THE DUTCH DEFENCE MINISTRY
A relieved Alicia Thompson at the Piarco International
Airport last night.
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