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Disney Fantasy cancels call to VI as Dorian strengthens

- Premier urges residents to 'be ready' & 'stay ready' this hurricane season
According to the BVI Ports Authority, Disney Cruise Line has announced that its Disney Fantasy ship will be cancelling Tuesday's call to Road Town, Tortola as a result of the tropical storm. Photo: Internet Source
Strengthening as it churns over the warm waters of the Eastern Caribbean, Tropical Storm Dorian—which could intensify to near hurricane strength by Tuesday, August 27, 2019—has already wreaked some economic havoc in the Virgin Islands (VI) and the region. Photo: Internet Source/File
Strengthening as it churns over the warm waters of the Eastern Caribbean, Tropical Storm Dorian—which could intensify to near hurricane strength by Tuesday, August 27, 2019—has already wreaked some economic havoc in the Virgin Islands (VI) and the region. Photo: Internet Source/File
Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) in a statement today, August 26, 2019, also encouraged the territory to be fully prepared in the event a hurricane strikes the territory. Photo: VINO/File
Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) in a statement today, August 26, 2019, also encouraged the territory to be fully prepared in the event a hurricane strikes the territory. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Strengthening as it churns over the Eastern Caribbean, Tropical Storm Dorian—which could intensify to near hurricane strength by Tuesday, August 27, 2019—has already wreaked some economic havoc in the Virgin Islands (VI) and the region.

Already, the VI House of Assembly has indicated that the work of the legislature has been postponed to September 2, 2019 due to the approaching storm.

Disney Cancels call

Now, according to the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA), Disney Crusie Line has announced its ship, Disney Fantasy, will be cancelling Tuesday's (August 27, 2019) call to Road Town, Tortola as a result of the tropical storm.

The cancellation will likely result in loss of revenue for the territory even as the 6-month old Virgin Islands Party (VIP) administration has worked to boost the cruise tourism industry since taking the helm of government.

Across the region, St Lucia is now under a hurricane watch, while a tropical storm warning is in effect for Barbados, Martinique and St Vincent and the Grenadines, while a tropical storm watch is in effect for Dominica, Grenada and Saba and St Eustatius.

Forecasters said Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Hispaniola should monitor Dorian's progress.

The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) has urged persons in the Virgin Islands to continue monitoring the progress of Tropical Storm Dorian and be prepared to take action if any watches or warnings are issued.

Premier and Minister of Finance Andrew A. Fahie (R1) in a statement today, August 26, 2019, also encouraged the territory to be fully prepared in the event a hurricane impacts the territory.

Stay ready – Premier Fahie

“People of the Virgin Islands I take this time to remind everyone that we are in the hurricane season and I am reminding you to get ready and to stay ready. Be sure to continue your preparedness and planning,” he said.  

Hon Fahie continued, “Our comprehensive clean-up of the Territory continues to clean up the BVI. I want you to know that your government is hard at work and we have started the process of cleaning guts and clearing roads.”

He encouraged citizens to remove debris from around homes to make communities safer for the active season.

The Premier in his statement further charged, “Get Ready and Stay Ready for this pending weather because the people of the Virgin Islands lives matter more.”

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