Information for U.S. Citizens Affected by Hurricane Irma

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A satellite image shows Hurricane Irma approaching Puerto Rico
A NASA images sees Hurricane Irma strengthen

Information for U.S. Citizens Affected by Hurricane Irma

*Updated as of September 9, 2017, at 2100 hrs*

As Hurricane Irma moves through the Caribbean, President Trump has issued emergency declarations for Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Puerto Rico.  A major disaster declaration has also been issued for the U.S. Virgin Islands. A hurricane warning is in effect for central and southern Florida and the Florida Keys.

Hurricane warnings also remain in effect for parts of the Haiti, the Dominican Republic, The Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, and Cuba. The U.S. Embassies in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, and the Bahamas have issued Travel Warnings for U.S. citizens due to the storm’s projected impact. 

An Emergency Alert warns U.S. citizens to avoid travel to The Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, and parts of the Eastern Caribbean. U.S. citizens abroad in the Caribbean should monitor the State Department’s Travel website, and ensure they are enrolled in the Smart Traveller Enrollment Program for updates.

To notify the State Department about a U.S. citizen in need of assistance due to Hurricane Irma, visit or email with the full name, gender, and last known location of the individual. 

If you are in the path of Hurricane Irma, here are some additional things you should know:

San Juan, Miami, and Atlanta Passport Agencies Closed

The San Juan, Miami, and Atlanta Passport Agencies are closed due to Hurricane Irma. 

Follow the National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center for Advisories and Warnings

The National Weather Service is tracking the progress of Hurricane Irma and will continue to provide updates, advisories and warnings, as necessary. The National Hurricane Center also provides detailed information on current conditions and forecasts. 

 Emergency Contacts and Key Safety Tips from FEMA and DHS

Visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s Hurricane Irma portal for key resources and information on hurricane preparedness, or download the FEMA App.  You can also learn more about preparing for the impact of this dangerous storm at the Department of Homeland Security’s Hurricanes Ready page.

Those in the United States who need assistance due to Hurricane Irma or another disaster should also visit for access to disaster help and resources.

Editor's Note: This entry also appears in the U.S. Department of State's publication on


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