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CNN Says Hurricane Maria’s ‘Ghost Hovers Over Everything’ and Fully 60 Percent of St. Croix Does Not Have Electricity

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CHRISTIANSTED — The Cable News Network (CNN) wrote a story about St. Croix “75 days after Maria” on Sunday saying that at least 60 percent of the island still does not have electricity following the hurricane that struck Sept. 19-20.

“Power remains out for more than 60% of the territory. On St. Croix, the largest of the islands, only about a fourth of residents — known as Crucians — have electricity,” CNN reported. “Many homes still have no roofs. Cell networks are spotty.”

CNN says for many residents “the new normal” means brewing coffee on the stove with propane gas because coffee makers won’t work without electricity, that people go to be at night to the rumble of diesel generators — and that nothing before the storm or after the storm is the same.

“Heavy traffic isn’t a problem like it was during the weeks right after Maria, when the islands’ governor imposed curfews to allow emergency crews and utility workers to do their jobs without interruptions,” CNN reports. “But (Tarik McMillan)’s careful. Many stoplights still aren’t working. And some drivers play “chicken” with each other at intersections to see who’ll go first.”
The article goes to say that many people got reacquainted with their neighborhoods after Maria, because there was nothing to do so many people took their dogs for walks and got to see their neighborhoods with fresh eyes.
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FEATURED IN STORY: Tarik McMillan in in Frederiksted, which was the side of the island that sustained the most damage from Hurricane Maria.
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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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