MOFA warns against visiting Caribbean with upcoming hurricane

Taipei-The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Tuesday warned Taiwanese citizens against visiting the nation's Caribbean ally St. Kitts, and Nevis and nearby islands, with Hurricane Irma forecast to hit the Caribbean region and cause severe damage.

Hurricane Irma surged to a dangerous Category Four storm on Monday, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

The center also warned that the storm was packing top sustained winds of 130 mph (215 km/h) and is forecast to sweep across the Caribbean from Sept. 5-7, sparking alerts from the Caribbean to Florida, which declared an emergency.

In a Monday statement, MOFA cautioned Taiwanese citizens in the Caribbean to stay alert and safe during the coming storm. Travelers who are scheduled to visit the area were urged to cancel or delay their plans.

In addition to St. Kitts, the hurricane is also forecast to hit Antigua, Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, Saba, St. Eustatius and Saint Maarten, Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy.

In the event of an emergency during visits to the area, MOFA said Taiwanese nationals can request assistance from Taiwan's embassy in St. Kitts, and Nevis at (+1-869) 662-4792 or ask their families to call the toll-free 24/7 hotline on 0800-085-095 to reach MOFA in Taipei.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel