Authorities in Barbados, Antigua, and Barbuda issued a hurricane watch on Thursday, September 7, for the islands as Hurricane Jose continues to strengthen in the Atlantic Ocean. Tropical storm watches were also issued on Thursday for the islands of Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saba, and St. Eustatius. As of 17:00 (local time), Hurricane Jose is a Category 3 hurricane, with sustained winds reported up to 195 km/h (120 mph). The National Hurricane Center expects the hurricane to strengthen through Saturday, September 8, as it follows a northwestern trajectory.
Individuals present in the Caribbean are advised to keep abreast of weather alerts, confirm travel reservations, avoid coastal and mountainous areas (risk of flooding and landslides), and adhere to all advice issued by the local authorities.
Remember that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous; 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult. Finally, because floodwater may also contain wastewater or chemical products, wear boots and try to avoid any contact with the water. All items having come into contact with the water should be washed and disinfected. Dispose of any food that may have come into contact with floodwater.