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John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands since 1989. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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 APOCALPYSE NOW: A woman with her two children walk past debris left by Hurricane Irma in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo) CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Residents of the U.S. and British Virgin Islands have seemingly been left to fend for themselves in the days

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TOTAL DEVASTATION: Aerial view of devastation following Hurricane Irma at Bitter End in Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands September 8, 2017, is seen in this still image taken from social media video. ROAD TOWN, Tortola, BVI — The U.S. government is turning away people trying to flee the hurricane-devastated British

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PARADISE LOST: Damaged houses line a hillside Monday in Old Tutu following Hurricane Irma in St. Thomas. CRUZ BAY — Hurricane Irma survivors on the hardest-hit islands in the Virgin Islands fear that they will be forgotten after the storm left “apocalyptic” destruction in its wake, wiping out homes and leaving

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AERIAL VIEW: Of St. John following Hurricane Irma on Sept. 6. 2017. CRUZ BAY — The Asolare restaurant is gone, practically blown off its cliff, along with its world-famous carrot ginger soup. The facade of Margarita Phil’s is a junkyard of yellow and vermilion planks. Multimillion-dollar homes and aluminum huts alike

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COMPLACENT AND PHAT: But what will Gov. Kenneth Ezra Mapp do now that his base of operations, the Ritz Carlton Hotel in St. Thomas, was shut down by the forces of Hurricane Irma? CHARLOTTE AMALIE — “Hurricane Mapp” might be worse than Hurricanes Marilyn and Irma combined … now that

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REALITY SETS IN: With no help from the federal or local government seven days after the passing of Category 5 storm Hurricane Irma, St. Thomas residents move into “survival mode” in order to get by. WSTA-AM 1340 Lucky 13’s Addie Ottley said Monday that the bulk FEMA relief supplies had

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BACK IN BUSINESS: The Virgin Islands Department of Health has re-opened health clinics in St. Thomas. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — After seven days, the USVI Department of Health said that it “is happy to announce the reopening of three of its clinics today, Tuesday, September 12, 2017, on the island of

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MAJOR PROBLEM: The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority’s primitive way of producing electricity is polluting the islands and ruining American Paradise for natives and visitors alike. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) spokesman, Jean Greaux, who has threatened members of the national press who

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA)’s public information officer admitted today that restoring electricity to hard hit St. Thomas and St. John after Hurricane Irma’s passing has been “a challenge.” All of St. Croix’s 10 feeders have been restored to “some level of power” five

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Fresh off a “culture of rape” involving the hazing-style rapes of female members of the Virgin Islands National Guard (VING) for decades with impunity in St. Croix and St. Thomas … Government House spokesman Sam Topp on Saturday announced via radio the names of six U.S. Army

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