Hurricane Irene – advice for travellers.

Hurricane warnings are in place for parts of the Caribbean and the US as Hurricane Irene approaches. Hurricane Irene will pass over the north coastal areas of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and the Bahamas during 22 and 23 August, with strong winds and heavy rain affecting neighbouring regions.

A hurricane warning is in place for Turks and Caicos Islands. Airports are expected to close from 21:00 (local time).

Hurricane Irene is expected to reach Florida on 25 August.

Travellers can monitor the progress of storms on the US National Hurricane Center website, and advised to monitor local and international weather reports. British nationals should follow the advice of the local authorities and tour operators.

Branson’s island ravaged by hurricane Irene
The Hurricane has already hit Sir Richard Branson’s luxury Caribbean home, burning it to the ground. The Massive house on the Virgin tycoon’s £60million private island was struck by lightening on Monday morning when the whole region was battered by the storm.

Branston revealed that his family and guests all escaped unharmed. Guests included Kate Winslet, who carried Branston’s 90-year-old mother to safety.