Authorities are struggling to get aid to small Caribbean islands devastated by the storm’s record 298-kilometre-per-hour winds. The hurricane’s core crossed almost directly over Barbuda early yesterday, leaving 60 per cent of the island’s roughly 14-hundred people homeless. Hurricane Irma has killed at least eight people and injured 23 in French Caribbean island territories as the dangerous Category 5 storm roared over the Caribbean.
The U-S Federal Emergency Management Agency has ramped up preparations for Hurricane Irma as it barrels toward the Florida coast — this as the agency continues the massive recovery effort in storm-battered Texas. The roughly one-billion dollars left in FEMA’s Emergency Response Fund was expected to run out as soon as the end of the week, just as Irma could be pounding Florida and less than two weeks after Harvey flooded Houston. Republicans and Democrats voted overwhelmingly in favour of 7.9-billion dollars in Harvey disaster relief for storm victims in Texas and Louisiana.
Ottawa Transportation Committee voted in favour of doubling the street parking limits, from the current three-hour maximum between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. to six hours on weekends and holidays. The change would impact most residential neighbourhoods outside of the downtown core and will help residents with limited driveway space. If the change is approved by council next Wednesday, it will go into effect June 1, 2018.