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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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TALK TALK TALK: And more talk. Gov. Kenneth Mapp does what he does best, talk about the problems, rather than solving them. On Friday, Mapp asked New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to help him get the islands back in shape. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was escorted

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BEAUTIFUL SETTING: Divi Carina Bay Resort & Casino in Turner Hole on St. Croix’s East End. CHRISTIANSTED – As the Hurricane Irma clean up process begins in the territory, representatives at Divi Carina Bay All-Inclusive Beach Resort & Casino in St. Croix are lending a helping hand by providing housing

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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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RAKED BARE: A speed limit sign stands tilted and a power line that snapped it half lays on a building, after the passage of Hurricane Irma in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo) CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The last of the late-summer tourists were gone today

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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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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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