Theatrical Welwyn Garden City couple stranded on island following Hurricane Irma

PUBLISHED: 10:27 08 September 2017 | UPDATED: 10:38 08 September 2017

Handout geocolor image issued by NOAA taken on 07/09/17 at 12:15pm BST of Hurricane Irma (left) and Hurricane Jose (right) in the Atlantic Ocean. Picture: NOAA/PA Wire. Helen Crosse as Slave of the Ring and Michael Totton as the Genie in pantomime Aladdin, picture credit: Kevin Newton.

Handout geocolor image issued by NOAA taken on 07/09/17 at 12:15pm BST of Hurricane Irma (left) and Hurricane Jose (right) in the Atlantic Ocean. Picture: NOAA/PA Wire. Helen Crosse as Slave of the Ring and Michael Totton as the Genie in pantomime Aladdin, picture credit: Kevin Newton.

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A Welwyn Garden City family, including a two-year-old, are stranded in Turks and Caicos due to Hurricane Irma which has already killed 14 people.

Theatrical director and producer Helen Crosse, of Welwyn Garden City, is stranded in Turks and Caicos with her two-year-old daughter and husband Mike Totton, who is playing the pantomime dame at this year’s panto at the Hawthorne Theatre, Campus West, Welwyn Garden City.

The family’s get away turned into a living nightmare after Hurricane Irma pummelled the islands after leaving a trail of destruction across the Caribbean, killing at least 14 people.

Helen, who is involved in the Christmas Pantomime at the Hawthorne Theatre in Campus West, tweeted yesterday: “Looks like we’re stuck here four Hurricane Irma on this beautiful island Turks and Caicos looking at the positives... awesome surfing?! #ifonly”

The born and bred Welwyn Garden City resident has been sharing videos, showing the impact of the hurricane on the island.

Dramatic footage shows roof tiles coming off buildings and palm trees breaking.

Irma has ripped off roofs on the main island, Grand Turk, flooded streets, snapped utility poles and caused a widespread black-out.

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