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TALE OF TWO STORMS: Tropical Storm Dorian Hits St. Croix In A.M., Then Hurricane Dorian Strikes St. Thomas-St. John In P.M.

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Maybe for the first-time ever, a “minor” storm has had its eye zigzag directly over the two major U.S. Virgin Islands in one day.

The National Hurricane Center said that the center of Tropical Storm Dorian passed directly over St. Croix about 8 a.m. today. Then, CNN reported that the center of intensified now Hurricane Dorian passed over St. Thomas about 4 p.m. today.

“The storm’s center was near the island of St. Thomas around 4 p.m. ET, with maximum sustained winds of around 75 mph, just above minimum hurricane strength,” the National Hurricane Center said.

At 8:00 a.m. Atlantic Standard Time, the center of Tropical Storm Dorian was located near latitude 17.1 North, longitude 64.1 West (over St. Croix), according to the NHC in Miami.

St. Croix is located at 17.7246° N, 64.8348° W.

The storm then gained strength and headed northwest for St. Thomas and St. John.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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