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Boil water notices – Beckley Register

The following boil water order has been placed:

n Beckley Water Company for Ritter Drive in Beaver from Dicky’s to Mountaineer Boat Sales, including all side streets. Also, Blue Jay Drive from Ritter Drive to Rabbit Run in Blue Jay, including all side streets due to a broken main line.

Customers are advised to bring all water to a full rolling boil, let it boil for one minute and let cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, bathing, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.

The following boil water orders have been lifted:

n Beckley Water Company for Beaver Avenue from south Kanawha Street to South Fayette Street, side streets that will be effected include Montgomery Court, Lancaster Street, West Virginia Street, Highland Street, Thomas Street, Grant Street, and portions of Westmoreland Street.

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Hurricane Irma: UK marine industry comes to the aid of those affected

08 September 

Members of the UK’s marine industry have come together to help raise vital funds for those affected by Hurricane Irma – the most powerful Atlantic hurricane in recorded history.

The storm, which has a sustained wind speed of at least 185mph, has left 19 dead and others missing in the Caribbean as it continues its path of destruction towards Cuba, The Bahamas and Florida.

It has been downgraded to a category four storm.

Some of the worst affected Caribbean islands include Anguilla, Barbuda, British Virgin Islands (BVIs), St Martin and St Barts.

In Tortola in the BVIs, Irma was no match for the island’s hurricane hole at Paraquita Bay; dozens of yachts were destroyed.

The Nanny Cay Boat Yard on the island has also been badly affected.

To help in the rescue efforts, those within the UK’s marine industry have united to form Sail Aid UK

In a statement, the working group set up to co-ordinate the initiative said plans were still “very much in their infancy”, but it had been “inundated with offers of help and support for the cause from the UK sailing community which has strong connections with the Caribbean Islands, their residents and their many and varied regattas and sailing events.”

“The team is currently liaising with representatives on the ground to determine the best route for channelling funds appropriately and in a timely fashion,” said Sail Aid UK.

boats and cars destroyed as a result of Hurricane Irma

Yachts destroyed in St Martin. Credit: You Tube

A high profile fundraising event is being planned on the south coast to raise much needed money.

Branding and social media platforms are being set up over the next 24 hours and all notifications and further news will be posted on these thereafter, said the working group.

Charter companies assess the damage caused by Hurricane Irma

Meanwhile, many charter companies are assessing the impact of Hurricane Irma, as well as preparing for Hurricane Jose, a category three storm which is following in Irma’s wake.

The BVIs is a popular cruising ground, and many companies operate from the area such as Sunsail and The Moorings.

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In a statement, Sunsail said it was still trying to assess the damage to its fleet and properties.

“Thank you everyone for your support, prayers and offers to help. The impact at our locations in the Caribbean is heartbreaking but our guests are safe and we continue to reach out to all of our team members.”

“However with major damage to cell phone towers and power outages communications remain difficult at this time. We are in the process of assessing the damage to our fleet and properties, but with potential for Hurricane Jose to affect the region, our first concern is the safety of our teams and customers,” continued the statement.

Track of Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma (left) and Hurricane Jose (right) in the Atlantic Ocean. Credit: PA Images

“We are also preparing our Bahamas and Florida locations as Hurricane Irma continues to move North. In response to your overwhelming offers of support, we are setting up a fund for our employees who have been affected and will share details shortly,” it added.

Sunsail customers with questions regarding upcoming charters are being asked to speak with a Vacation Planning Specialist at 0330 3321172, or email

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In a statement on its Facebook page, The Moorings said it was doing everything possible to minimise the impact to its guests and team members.

“We are continuing to monitor conditions and are taking the appropriate precautions at our base locations in St. Martin, the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. The safety of our guests and team members is, as always, our utmost concern. Customers with questions regarding upcoming charters, please see webpage for additional information,” said the statement.

Debris from storm surge

Debris is seen during a storm surge near the Puerto Chico Harbor. Credit: Getty

The US prepares for the arrival of Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma is expected to make landfall in Florida this weekend.

The country’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has warned that Hurricane Irma will “devastate” either Florida or nearby states, and it remains “incredibly dangerous”.

It also also warning that up to 100,000 people may need shelter, and many will not have electricity for days.

A mandatory evacuation is in place in parts of southern Florida.

Earlier this week, US boat owners began lifting their vessels out of the water and moving them inland.

Meanwhile, people living in the low-lying coastal areas of The Bahamas are being evacuated.

Thousands of tourists have also left Cuba ahead of the storm’s arrival.

07 September

Hurricane Irma – the most powerful storm to hit the Atlantic in a decade – has destroyed yachts, buildings and caused major flooding to some islands in the Caribbean.

The category five hurricane has sustained wind speeds of up to 185mph.

It has already hit Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Martin, St Barts and the British Virgin Islands, leaving 10 dead and thousands homeless.

Tortola in the British Virgin Islands is a popular cruising ground, with many charter companies operating from the area, including Sunsail.

In a statement, the company said it was still trying to assess the impact of the hurricane, and stressed its priority was the safety of its guests and staff.

“Our thoughts go out to all of those affected by Hurricane Irma as we work to minimize the impact to our guests and associates. We are continuing to monitor conditions and are taking the appropriate precautions at our bases in St. Martin, the British Virgin Islands and the Bahamas,” said Sunsail.

“The safety of our guests and associates is, as always, our utmost concern. Customers with questions regarding upcoming charters can speak with a Vacation Planning Specialist at 0330 3321172, or email,” it added.

Images on social media show devastating scenes from Paraquita Bay – the hurricane hole in Tortola.

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Photo taken by Ron Gurney at Paraquita Bay while inside the eye…

The French Interior Minister, Gérard Collomb, told the BBC that the four  “most solid” buildings on Saint Martin, shared by France and the Netherlands, have been destroyed, along with the island’s airport.

There is major flooding in low-lying areas and violent seas are battering the coastlines.

The US National Hurricane Center is reporting that the eye of the “potentially catastrophic” hurricane is now moving towards the Dominican Republic.

As it continues on its current path, it is expected to pass the Bahamas before hitting Florida at the weekend.

Boats owners in the US are preparing for the worst, with many vessels being lifted out of the water and moved inland for safe storage.

In the Key West area of Florida, the authorities have ordered a mandatory evacuation.

The President of the United States, Donald Trump has declared a state of emergency for Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

Federal disaster relief efforts are already preparing to offer aid in affected areas.

Hurricane Irma comes as people in Texas, Louisiana and Tennessee clear up after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.

The storm caused wide spread flooding last week.

It was the first major hurricane to make landfall in the USA since 2005.


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