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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The local government for years has “redirected” money intended to help pay insurance claims after large disasters for other needs, raising the vulnerability of residents after Hurricane Irma destroyed St. Thomas and St. John two weeks ago and Hurricane Maria is poised to decimate St. Croix on

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CHRISTIANSTED — Lesson learned from Hurricane Irma. If the government waits until after the storm to evacuate tourists it could take days … even a week before visitors can leave. This time, with a Category 4 storm in the name of Hurricane Maria facing St. Croix, the Virgin Islands government

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VIRGIN ISLANDS FREE PRESS: LETTERS TO THE EDITOR America’s Caribbean. That is what it says on the license plates down there: U.S. Virgin Islands — America’s Caribbean. I should know. I lived there for three years in the early 2000s and still own a condo there today. Actually — “owned”

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: VIRGIN ISLANDS FREE PRESS Dear Honorable Governor Mapp, It is with much gratitude and appreciation for your continued support of our most vulnerable population that I am taking this moment to thank you and your staff for the remarkable job of airlifting the ill and injured

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority said one of its linemen, Jason Julius, was accidentally electrocuted and died on Tuesday while working in the Sugar Estate area of St. Thomas as part of a WAPA electrical restoration crew. “I must express my sincerest and deepest condolences to

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — St.Thomas resident Mike Laplac said on Monday that looters were robbing residents using machetes and guns after Hurricane Irma raked the capital island last Wednesday. “I actually know of eight people that were robbed in broad daylight with machetes for everything they had in their vehicles, including

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE –– President Donald Trump will travel to the Virgin Islands within the next week “to see firsthand the damages of the territory” after Hurricane Irma, Gov. Kenneth Mapp (I) said Monday. The Virgin Islands took a heavy blow from the superstorm, which was a Category 5 when it swept

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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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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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