Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some in the Caribbean say they are “creeping back” to the US
The US State Department is warning Americans not to travel to parts of Jamaica and Puerto Rico, the region’s most popular tourist destinations.
The department said the threats of crime and terrorism in the two countries “highly outweigh the risks of travel”.
It said Americans should be extra vigilant in tourist areas and regions still recovering from Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017.
The warnings follow Hurricane Michael, which struck Florida last week.
The hardest hit areas were the Florida Keys , where Michael made landfall on Tuesday, and St. Joe , an island about 30 miles east of the mainland.
No-one died in either area but buildings and roads were damaged. St Joe, which lies about 150 miles west of Jacksonville, had already been listed as a “high risk” area for violent hurricanes by the state department.
Image copyright PA Image caption Hurricane Michael made landfall on Wednesday
Florida Senator Marco Rubio said Thursday he was worried by the state department’s comments, adding that some residents of Florida’s share the criticism.
“America is supposed to be about freedom, liberty, personal responsibility. The American dream,” he tweeted.
Hurricane Michael is one of more than a dozen tropical storms expected to form in the Atlantic basin this year.
Image copyright AFP Image caption Hurricane Michael damaged some homes and roads in Florida Keys
Recent years have seen a rise in tourist travel to tourist destinations, which suffered a sharp fall after terror attacks in Europe and North America in 2015.
According to the State Department, travel to British Columbia and most parts of Arizona is considered “low-risk”.
The higher end of the risk scale includes Australia and many islands in the Pacific, including Fiji and the Solomon Islands.
Guess I am not the only one not traveling to #Caribbean this year. (No my continent has no coastlines) — Neera Tanden (@neeratanden) October 17, 2018