Prayers go up as Irma barrels towards Leeward Islands
With Hurricane Irma strengthening into a Category 4 system, a Government ministry in St Kitts and Nevis has partnered with the Church to send prayers to God, asking for deliverance.
Dr Timothy Harris, Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, has issued a statement in which he thanked the Church for interceding on behalf of the people.
Harris said the religious community should be commended for the "strong, demonstrative partnership role that it continues to play at this time."
"My Cabinet is also heartened by the Nation’s “Call to Prayer” that was issued by the clergy, in collaboration with the Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs. The intercessory hour of prayer ... was intended to lift up our country to God in prayer as we invoke His divine protection," the prime minister said.
Hurricane Irma is set to crash into the Leeward Islands this week. Hurricane warnings have been issued for Antigua, Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, Saba, St Eustatius, St Martin/Sint Maarten and St Barts.
"A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area," the National Hurricane Center said.
Harris noted that the hurricane is expected to begin affecting his country as early as Tuesday evening, and urged persons to "take every reasonable precaution to protect life and property."
Leeward Islands: Late Tuesday-Wednesday
Puerto Rico/Virgin Islands: Wednesday-Thursday
Dominican Republic/Haiti: Thursday-Friday
Turks and Caicos: Thursday-Friday
Bahamas: Friday-next weekend
Cuba: Friday-next weekend
Southeast United States: Next weekend into early the following week (possibly as early as Friday in south Florida)