The tropical storm Erika is rapidly approaching the Caribbean, with many ports in the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico shutting down operations to prepare for the chaos that is about to ensue, according to the Journal of Commerce.
PTI previously reported that Newcastle Port, based in Australia, had to be closed recently as a result of a storm, which had an effect on port operations.
According to The Weather Channel, four people have so far been killed, including two deaths in the Dominican Republic.
The Virgin Island Port Authority said: “As a result of the passing of Tropical Storm Erika, the BVI Ports Authority is closing its facilities effective 6pm this evening (Wednesday). The closure is expected to continue into tomorrow.
“The USVI Ports Authority has indicated that USVI seaports will close at 6 p.m. (Wednesday). Hence international travel (ferries between USVI and BVI) will cease after 6 p.m.”
The National Hurricane Centre in Miami has revealed that Erika is expected to move near Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands on Thursday August 3, 2015 and be near or just north of the Dominican Republic by Friday.