The U.S. government said it successfully evacuated more than 1,200 Americans from the Caribbean island of St. Martin/St. Maarten, located east of Puerto Rico, which last week had been slammed by Hurricane Irma.
A State Department official said evacuations, via military flights, brought the U.S. citizens to Puerto Rico.
"Evacuation efforts will prioritize U.S. citizens needing urgent medical care, followed by a broad call with additional information other U.S. citizens remaining on the island," State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement, according to NBC News.
"We will accommodate third country nationals on a space available basis," she added. "We continue to advise U.S. citizens to shelter in place at a secure location until they have specific and confirmed departure plans."
The government of Puerto Rico also helped people evacuate from another island, St. Thomas. Flights out of St. Thomas and St. Martin/St. Maarten were conducted by C-130 aircraft from the Puerto Rico, Kentucky, and New York National Guards.
Some of those evacations were delayed Saturday when flights were suspended due to bad weather associated with another hurricane, Jose.
Two cruise lines, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean, said they were offering ships help with evacuation in St. Thomas.
There have reports of looting and violence on the Dutch-French island of St. Maartin/St. Marten, which is a popular vacation spot.
French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to visit the island on Tuesday, Reuters reported Sunday, to offer aid. At least 10 people have died in connection to Irma in the French part of St. Martin and in nearby St. Barthelemy, while seven people are reported missing.