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Tropical Storm Matthew Knocks Out Power To St. Croix With Light Winds and Sparse Rain

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CHRISTIANSTED — The outer bands of Tropical Storm Matthew, which formed today in the Caribbean, knocked out power to businesses in Gallows Bay on St. Croix due to its brisk winds.

The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority restored electricity at least twice in the space of three hours after moderately-high winds and light rain caused the outage.

Matthew was located about 65 miles west of St. Lucia of the Windward Islands, as of this evening.

On Wednesday morning, a Hurricane Hunter reconnaissance mission found a sufficient low-level circulation to upgrade the former Invest 97L into a tropical storm, based on flight-level winds measured over 60 mph.

Tropical storm conditions will continue across portions of the Windward Islands.

Winds on the island of Martinique are sustained at over 40 mph and gusting over 65 mph. Some stations are elevated at 50 to 100 feet.  Sustained winds of 39 mph were reported on the island of Barbados.

Tropical storm warnings have been issued for parts of the Lesser Antilles, including Guadeloupe, Martinique, St. Lucia, Dominica, Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadine Islands. Winds over 40 mph are likely there through this evening.

Tropical storm watches have been issued for Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao. Winds of 40 mph or greater are possible there within 36 to 48 hours.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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