Melissa Edwards, Senior Journalist
In response to warnings to leave the island of Anegada, a number of residents boarded ferries to find alternative accommodations, as Hurricane Irma makes its way to the BVI.
Leaders, including the Ninth District Representative, Hon. Dr. Hubert O’Neal, have been calling on residents to evacuate the island, as it is expected to face the brunt of the hurricane.
BVI Platinum News observed that several residents boarded the ferry which departed Anegada at 12 noon, destined to Virgin Gorda and Tortola.
Unfortunately, other residents opted to stay on island, and up to time of publication, it was unclear how many residents remained on island.
It was stated that the island of Anegada is low lying and destructive storm surge of 10 to 14 feet is possible. Residents were strongly urged to move to Virgin Gorda or Tortola with friends and family, or to the designated emergency shelters.
Governor Augustus ‘Gus’ Jaspert and Premier Hon. Dr. D. Orlando Smith warned that those residents who do not leave the island will be at severe risk.
They stated that, emergency response public servants will not be on the island to assist immediately.
“Anegada is totally exposed…So I hope most people would heed the warning,” Dr. O’Neal lamented.