Turks and Caicos after hurricane Irma

As many of you know, the White Villas Collection is brand new and we’d never had to face a hurricane so we were quite concerned over hurricane Irma heading our way. Luckily, we were well prepared and today, truly relieved to report that everything is going to be OK.

Our Villas are built as strong as we had hoped and our potentially fragile windows and doors were protected with Hurricane Fabrics. With only 2 broken windows, a bit of water and mostly plants uprooted, everything remained where it was and stuck out this massive storm. We’re attaching photos of the villas as well as Providenciales so you can see things for yourself.


Villa 1 – before Irma.


Villa 2 – before Irma.

Despite their protection, one garage door fell and the other one barely held on in Villa 2. The ones in Villa 1 are intact.

One window came off from its frame and let the rain in…

We did not loose any time as both villas have already been cleaned by a crew.

Around 500 electrical poles on the island are down according to Fortis.

 

What we know:

Providenciales has suffered some damage, but not nearly as much as Grand Turks and South Caicos, and other less fortunate Caribbean islands.

The IGA Gourmet is already open… and bougainvilleas will soon regain their stunning colors 🙂
Saturday pm, less than 2 days after Irma, free coffee and sunshine for everyone (see video)

Clean-up is already underway.

The evaporation and use of pumps will get rid of all the water in front of the Regent Grand Hotel and Plaza where most restaurants are.

 

All in all, we’re confident that after water is pumped from the streets, general clean-up is conducted and most of all, Fortis reconnects the power on the island, restaurants and activity providers will soon be back in service. To read the latest info. regarding Fortis efforts, please consult their FB page, namely this post indicating that lots of employees from sister companies have already joined our local team. It’s times like these that we reinforce local ties and it’s great to see everyone working together to get Providenciales up and running as soon as possible.

We trust everything will be in perfect order to receive guests by October 1st and we’ll keep you posted.

Thanks to everyone who sent prayers, good wishes and support. It was frightening, no doubt, but getting through it only makes us want to protect our island and its beauty even more. Our thoughts go out to other destinations that suffered important loss and to all the afflicted families.

Important sources of information:

– Turks and Caicos Islands, Governer’s Office

– Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association

– Fortis TCI (the power company)

Fortis statement, as of Monday, Sept. 11th:
We are happy to report that electricity service has been restored to these areas: Hospital Road including parts of Kew Town and up to the airport; Leeward Highway, IGA, and including Flamingo Park; Long Bay Road; sections of Grace Bay including Ocean Club, Atrium, Provo Water Company, Club Med and Royal West Indies Resort.

– Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority

The Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority (TCIAA) announced the resumption of flight operations at Providenciales as at 11am, September 11th, following the passage of Hurricane IRMA.

 

Please let us know if you have any questions. 

With warm and grateful regards,

 

Pina, Max and Simon

Photo credits: Shaun Malcolm, Dominique Lamonde and Simon Henault