More than 1,200 American citizens have been evacuated from St. Maarten at the U.S. State Department’s request. An estimated 5,000 American citizens were believed to be trapped on the island that is jointly administered by France and the Netherlands.
Evacuees told stories about hiding in their hotel bathtubs fearing for their lives as the storm raged. They also told of a bank robbery and a gang of men with “long swords” who reportedly showed up at a hotel.
“The safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas is our top priority,” said Heather Nauert, the State Department spokesperson. “Over the last 24 hours, Department of State has worked in close coordination with the Department of Defense to assist over 1,200 American citizens with air evacuations from St. Maarten, beginning with those needing urgent medical care.”
A defense official said that evacuation flights resumed Sunday morning, shortly before 11 a.m. ET after being suspended Saturday due to high winds associated with Hurricane Jose.
Six C-130 aircraft from the Puerto Rico, New York and Kentucky Air National Guard are providing the flights, which take 45 minutes each way to Puerto Rico. Two HH-60 Guard helicopters are also assisting.
SXM LAWLESS WITH NO GOVERNMENT…..
INDEED SOME AMERICA’S WITH VESTED INTEREST THAT Has SUPPORTED A SXM GOVERNMENT IN CHAOS BEST REVISIT RICO LIABILITY….
SXM WILL ONLY NEED DIRT RUNWAYS,,,, THE ISLAND AS An ATTRACTION FOR USA HAS VANISHED!
AND MORE HURRICANES ON THE WAY!