CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Twenty-five years after Hurricane Marilyn, St. Thomas is experiencing what St. Croix went through after Hurricane Hugo in 1989.
Hurricane Marilyn struck St. Thomas in 1995, but it only took 10 months of the coronavirus to bring Rock City down to its knees … as these photos clearly show.
What was once the metropolis of the Caribbean — and the No. 1 cruise ship destination in the world — is now a ghost town.
Our fearless leader, Governor Albert Bryan, Jr., predicted in 2019 that the U.S. Virgin Islands would be able to attract an additional 5.4 million tourists in 2020.
In 2019, the territory attracted 2,074,009 tourists here.
Hurricane Irma destroyed St. Thomas and St. John on September 6, 2017. What hadn’t been damaged was re-touched by Hurricane Maria on September 20, 2017.
But even with the passing of those devastating storms three years ago, there were still people traversing the debris-strewn streets of Charlotte Amalie.