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WAPA Says It Is Ready To Turn The Power On Next Week On St. John … According To NPR, CNN

WHAT A MESS: Hurricane Irma left houses strewn about like debris.           (Washington Post photo by Anthony Faiola)

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CRUZ BAY — If all goes well, people on St. John could have power restored next week for the first time since a pair of devastating Category 5 hurricanes struck in September, the quasi-governmental authority told NPR.

“Portions of St. John are scheduled to be restored by the middle of next week,” Jean Greaux, Jr., communications director for Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) said.

So far WAPA has connected 16 percent of St. Thomas with electricity and 1.6 percent of St. Croix, as of Oct. 18.

Divers were to look for damage to the undersea cables that power St. John on Friday, according to CNN.

After the assessments, the power authority says Cruz Bay, a few schools, and possibly a few other parts of the island will have power restored by the end of next weekend.

As they repair electrical transmission and distribution lines on St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John, WAPA says they hope to restore power to 90 percent of the territory by Christmas.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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