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Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte says the runway on St Maarten has been cleared and first aid flight has arrived.
In a Facebook update he said there has been enormous destruction and upheaval on the Franco-Dutch island.
âWeâve been able to clear the runway at the airport and a first plane has landed. Our troops have been able to unload supplies at the port. We are now trying to get as much food, water and medicine as possible in the shortest possible time.
We need to hurry because the next hurricane is coming. The latest reports are that hurricane JosÃ© is less powerful and Sint Maarten and will pass further from the island. That is some good news in all the misery. But we are prepared for everything and will keep an eye on the situation. We wonât abandon St Maarten.â
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Hereâs the slightly adjusted track and timings of impact from the latest update. Miami still lies directly in its path.
Those in central Florida have been warned to expect category tow strength winds of up to 110mph at the weekend.