MONDAY 9/18/2017 UPDATE: Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Hurricane Maria

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens:  Hurricane Maria
September 18, 2017

This is an update to our previous messages regarding Maria, which has now developed into a hurricane.  Here is a summary of the watches in effect:

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Montserrat, St. Kitts & Nevis, and St. Lucia.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Anguilla and Antigua & Barbuda.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Anguilla, French St. Martin, and St. Barthélemy.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Barbados and St. Vincent & the Grenadines.

For more up to date information, go to the website of the National Hurricane Center<>.
U.S. citizens should monitor local and regional emergency management organizations for updates on the situation and for information on emergency preparedness, including the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA):

U.S. citizens are also advised to keep the following emergency phone numbers handy:
Anguilla – 911
Antigua and Barbuda -911
Barbados – 211
British Virgin Islands – 999 or 911
Dominica – 999
French West Indies (Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Barthelemy) – 17
Grenada – 911
Montserrat – 999 or 911
St. Lucia – 999 or 911
St. Kitts and Nevis – 911
St. Martin – 911
St. Vincent and the Grenadines – 999 or 911

The U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown is closely monitoring this situation, and strongly encourages U.S. citizens in the Eastern Caribbean to do so as well.  Please share this message with other U.S. citizens who might not have received it.

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados, can be reached during regular business hours (M-F, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) by telephone at (246) 227-4000; by fax at (246) 431-0179; and by e-mail at  After hours, in case of emergency, a duty officer can be reached by calling the Embassy switchboard at (246) 227-4000 and dialing ext. 2210 to speak to the Marine security guard on duty.  Our consular agent in Antigua can be reached at (268)-726-6531.  Our consular agent in Martinique can be reached at 596-696-176-496.