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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Hurricane Irma is expected to strengthen into a massive Category 5 storm before it passes near the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Irma was 538 miles east of St. Croix at 7 a.m. today. Hurricane force winds extend out 45 miles from its center of circulation and

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MIAMI — A “formidable” hurricane that is heading for the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico has been upgraded to a menacing Category 4 storm. Hurricane Irma, which is currently in the mid Atlantic, is expected to bring “life-threatening winds,” according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami. The storm,

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HERE TO HELP: U.S. military relief crews load supplies aboard a C-130 Hercules aircraft from the Illinois National Guard’s 182nd Airlift Wing based in Peoria. FREDERIKSTED — As Hurricane Irma bears down on the region, the Illinois National Guard has sent a C-130 aircraft and crew to the territory to

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Hurricane Irma is still two days away from the territory, but it is already making its presence known financially. The Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Allure of the Seas and the Celebrity Equinox have each canceled their scheduled visits to St. Thomas this week. Virgin Islands Port Authority

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SAN JUAN — Hurricane Irma continued to bear down on Sunday as it continued a southwesterly track that is likely to threaten islands at the eastern end of the Caribbean Sea on Tuesday. Hurricane watches were posted for Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Martin, Guadeloupe and

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TRYING SEMIFINAL: Mixed emotions as the United States defeated the Virgin Islands 90-62 in the 2017 Americup Championships in Argentina. The American team proper was gracious and dignified in victory. Here Xavier Munford drives to the hoop against the hometown team. BUENOS AIRES — They arrived as favorites, and they

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MIAMI — Monster Hurricane Irma dropped one degree in Latitude from 19.0 to 18.0 last night — an indication that the powerful Category 3 storm is now moving in a southwesterly direction — putting it more on track to affect the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico sometime Wednesday when it

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MIAMI — Massive Hurricane Irma finished its first cycle of reorganization called an eyewall replacement cycle, common to all strong hurricanes, during which a new eyewall forms and replaces the old. This allowed Irma to once again strengthen into a Category 3 hurricane. Irma will likely undergo a few of these cycles

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WHERE WILL IRMA GO? The projected path and intensity of Hurricane Irma based on Friday’s modeling. MIAMI — Powerful Hurricane Irma rapidly intensified in the open Atlantic and poses a major threat to the region, including the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico next week. Far across the Atlantic, just west

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BLUE DEATH: This Elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata) near Buck Island, St. Croix, has died and collapsed. As coral reef structure degrades, valuable habitat for marine life is lost and nearby coastlines become more susceptible to storms, waves and erosion. (Curt Storlazzi/U.S. Geological Survey) CHRISTIANSTED — U.S. government scientists have found a

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