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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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SINT MAARTEN GETS SMASHED BY HURRICANE IRMA: The apocalyptic pictures of the devastation. PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Apocalyptic scenes of flattened buildings and ruined airports emerged from once-lush islands devastated by historic Hurricane Irma, as the deadly storm lashed vulnerable Haiti, where one government official called it a “nuclear hurricane”

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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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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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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 — NOAA has raised the number of named storms it expects to develop in their latest 2017 Atlantic hurricane season outlook, warning that “the season has the potential to be extremely active.” In their August outlook update released Wednesday, NOAA forecasters said there is a high chance – 60 percent –

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CHRISTIANSTED — The V.I. Freep‘s 2017 Tropical Storm Watch Team continues to monitor Invest 99L which was 282 miles away from St. Croix at 2 p.m. on Thursday. Invest 99-L is still a very disorganized cluster of scattered showers and thunderstorms. Models do keep moving the system to the northern side

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WHAT TO EXPECT: The area highlighted is where a tropical depression or storm may develop during the next five days. CHRISTIANSTED — The Virgin Islands Free Press is projecting Invest 99L to pass well north of the territory. The disorganized, asymmetrical storm system was about 812 miles away from St.

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MARIGOT, St. Martin –An immigrant from Grenada will be accused in court of the brutal rape and murder of a woman who moved from the mainland of France to this tiny twin island in the Caribbean. Kathron “Cuchi” Fortune, 39, convicted of another murder and detained in Pointe Blanche prison

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SAN JUAN – As if hurricanes were not menacing enough, small Caribbean islands risk losing their entire way of life unless they urgently strengthen defenses against a raft of future disasters, according to a climate change official. “You don’t even need to have a hurricane to get extensive damage ..

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