Hurricane Irma caused wide-spread damage on St. Maarten/Saint Marten.  St. Thomas is only starting to report damages.  Having said that, despite the hefty winds and rain the last 30 years of building to modern standards appears to have helped prevent swaths of business' and homes from being annihilated entirely.  Evacuation orders for areas throughout Florida have lead to early closing of ports, airports and even some cruise lines corporate headquarters.  Irma is expected to reach southern Florida by Sunday afternoon and will proceed north over the next day.  Virtually all cruises leaving from Florida are already canceled starting with those departing Thursday.  Expect to see cruises up the eastern coast of the U.S. cancel soon.

 The Red Cross has updated their hurricane relief page for those that wish to help.  

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