Prime Minister Gaston Browne will visit Barbuda this week to personally assess the damage caused by Hurricane Tammy on Saturday evening.
The storm brought winds up to 85 miles per hour, directly impacting Barbuda. However, the damage to property and infrastructure was not on the scale experienced with Hurricane Irma in September 2017.
PM Browne wanted to visit the island on Sunday after the storm, but due to continued inclement weather conditions, he decided to postpone the visit until later in the week.
The exact date of his visit has not been set, but he fully intends to visit Barbuda as soon as possible.
Hurricane Tammy turned away from the mainland on Saturday after residents braced for hours for a direct hit. However, it then shifted and took direct aim at Barbuda on Saturday evening, bringing high winds and heavy rains.
In 2017, Hurricane Irma left Barbuda with millions of dollars in damage after pounding the island relentlessly with Category 5 winds of more than 150 miles per hour.
Mere hours after the storm passed, PM Browne made an aerial tour of the island to assess the damage. What he saw moved him to tears, he reported afterward.
Reports show that between 2:00 p.m. on Saturday and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, just over 4 inches of rain fell on Barbuda during Hurricane Tammy.