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Independence celebrations buffeted by hurricanes



Ind-Parade-33Basseterre, St. Kitts, 18th September, 2017 ( - The 2017 Hurricane Season has been the most disruptive since the country gained its independence.


In a September swirl of hurricanes coming across the Atlantic Ocean to the Caribbean, they have caused organisers to postpone and cancel several planned activities that were arranged to mark the nation’s 34th Anniversary of Independence.


On the eve of the 2017 Independence Parade, a major highlight of the Anniversary activities marking 19th September, Independence Day, Government announced the postponement of the parade.


This was done in the context that Hurricane Maria is on track to impact the federation on Tuesday.


Hurricane Maria is approaching the federation from the southeast, and the centre is expected to pass about 50 to 80 miles off the southern coasts of the islands of St. Kitts and Nevis early Tuesday afternoon.


It is expected to be a Category 3 hurricane, with 120 mph winds at its closest point to the federation.


But the disruption to the Independence celebratory activities began under the influence  of Hurricane Irma, which entered the Leeward Islands as a Category 5 hurricane.


Then just days after Irma, Hurricane Jose threatened the Leeward Islands.


But it was Irma that forced the postponement of the Re-naming Ceremony for the Mental Health Day Treatment Centre, the Appreciation Service for Sanitation Workers, as well as the Prime Minister’s Independence Lecture Series.


Now Hurricane Maria has resulted in the cancelled Independence Parade, and it is likely to disrupt several of the remaining independence celebratory activities.


In the wake of the passage of Hurricane Maria the country will be focused on assessing damage, assigning priority areas, clean-up activities, before we can turn attention back to Independence.

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