Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 4°C

min temp: 2°C

Search

Ipswich father worries for his son’s family living in Bahamas in path of Hurricane Irma

PUBLISHED: 17:27 08 September 2017 | UPDATED: 17:27 08 September 2017

Paul and Marilyn Nixon with their son James and daughter-in-law Rachel. Picture: PAUL NIXON PHOTOGRAPHY

Paul and Marilyn Nixon with their son James and daughter-in-law Rachel. Picture: PAUL NIXON PHOTOGRAPHY

Archant

An Ipswich father has spoken of his worry as his son, daughter-in-law and grandson hunker down in the Bahamas as Hurricane Irma heads straight for them.

Compass Point in Nassau. Picture: PAUL NIXON PHOTOGRAPHY Compass Point in Nassau. Picture: PAUL NIXON PHOTOGRAPHY

Paul Nixon, who has also had to cancel his holiday to Orlando, Florida, due to the storm, said he is preparing to be completely cut off from his son and five-year-old grandson when the storm hits.

Mr Nixon said his family live directly on to the beach in Nassau, with his son’s home completely exposed to whatever the storm has to offer.

Suffolk woman’s relief as family caught in Hurricane Irma finally make contact

Paul Nixon with grandson Marley. Picture: PAUL NIXON PHOTOGRAPHY Paul Nixon with grandson Marley. Picture: PAUL NIXON PHOTOGRAPHY

“They are moving inland with some friends during the storm, the island is right on the path of the hurricane, so it is worrying,” he said.

“They have been there during hurricanes before – they will probably lose all power and water for at least a few days. Any food that you have will quickly go off, so that is a problem as well.

“I think the worse thing for them will be heading back, driving down the road to where their house is, not knowing at all what will be there.

“The house could be completely destroyed, or it could be fine, it must be horrible not knowing.”

His son James, 40, and his wife Rachel, along with son Marley, have been living in the Bahamas for around three years.

They are part of a large Ipswich and Suffolk contingent, who like James moved out to work in the construction industry.

On top of worrying about his family, Mr Nixon said he had been fighting with holiday company HolidayGenie, who he claimed were refusing to cancel his trip to Orlando with wife, Marilyn, despite the place being evacuated ahead of the hurricane hitting.

“As soon as we knew about the hurricane I was in touch with them,” he said. “But they said Virgin will still planning to fly so they could not cancel it.

“I told them people in Florida who I know were already leaving, with no petrol available at the pumps. At one point they said ‘I hope you have a nice holiday after the storm goes’.

“Our flight was supposed to get in an hour before they shut the whole airport – did they expect us to get a hire car, with no petrol, and somehow get to the hotel?”

Mr Nixon’s flight was later cancelled, with HolidayGenie agreeing to a refund, but warning it will take up to eight weeks.

HolidayGenie were approached for comment but failed to get back before deadline.

Culture secretary and Suffolk MP Matt Hancock has announced that church spires will be used to boost broadband and mobile connectivity in rural areas.

A regional search and rescue organisation dedicated to finding missing people now has three new dogs in its team.

SPOILER ALERT: Did Ipswich man James Scharmann whisk a date off to the isle of Fernando’s? Find out here.

A male was taken to hospital after police were called to reports of a group of people fighting in Ipswich.

Will football fan James Scharmann from Ipswich find love on ITV’s ‘Take Me Out’ tonight?

School choirs from across Suffolk are fine-tuning their performances for competition with the Great EACH Choir Off now just a few days away.

An Ipswich based recruitment agency is stepping up to sponsor this year’s Midnight Walk for St Elizabeth Hospice.

Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds are among KFC branches across the country forced to close because of a problem with the company’s supplier.

Police have found a man who went missing after a car ‘flipped three times’ in a crash near Snape Maltings last night.

An independent Suffolk music venue has warned that a “long, sober look” is needed at supporting live music venues across the country, as a new national survey reveals threats to the future of some spaces.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24