Category: Environmental News

Texas Couple Who Threw Caution To The Wind And Tried To Outrace Powerful Hurricane Maria Feared Dead After Catamaran Found Capsized In Puerto Rico

MISSING AT SEA: Scott and Jennifer Hansen have been missing and are presumed dead since last being seen on St. Croix the first day of Hurricane Maria’s passing — Sept. 19, 2017. CHRISTIANSTED — Friends and family say they are still holding out hopes — against all odds — that a Texas couple who went […]

Mapp Says Schools Will Be The Priority For Electrical Restoration After Hospitals, Towns And Airports

DEMOLISHED! John H. Woodson Junior High School near Mon Bijou on St. Croix. CHRISTIANSTED — “Getting school open was a big step in the direction towards some sense of normalcy,” Gov. Kenneth Mapp told reporters Tuesday at Government House in St. Croix. While all schools were not ready to open, more than 270 teachers and […]

RECOVERY TIMES: Virgin Islanders Have Dug Out Since Hurricane Maria, But The Government Still Leaves Debris In The Middle Of Main Roads

[ad name=”HTML-68″] FREDERIKSTED — Tired, frustrated but upbeat. That’s how Clinton Brown of Chicago described residents on St. Croix. Brown is working as an American Red Cross volunteer here, helping after the devastation of Hurricane Maria. “People on the island are upbeat despite their hardship,” Brown wrote in one of several email exchanges. Email is the […]

CROSSFIRE HURRICANES! Irma and Maria Knock St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John Off The Grid … Again

FREDERIKSTED — Three weeks after Hurricane Maria demolished St. Croix as a Category 5 storm at least 90 percent of the island still does not have electricity and many residents do not have running water or a place to stay to shelter them from torrential tropical rains that happen this time of year. Vice President […]

BRACE FOR IMPACT! Beaten Hard By Irma, The Virgin Islands Hopes To Survive Yet Another Knockout Blow … This Time From Hurricane Maria

[ad name=”HTML-68″] CHRISTIANSTED — Another Category 5 storm is making no mistake about where the U.S. Virgin Islands are. Catastrophic Hurricane Maria, fresh off of clobbering Dominica last night, continued to make a beeline for St. Croix today. On Monday, weather weary and wary residents across the territory drove to stores seeking water, batteries, ice, […]

Mapp-Potter Administration Raided Insurance Guaranty Fund After The Passing Of Hurricane Irma

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The local government for years has “redirected” money intended to help pay insurance claims after large disasters for other needs, raising the vulnerability of residents after Hurricane Irma destroyed St. Thomas and St. John two weeks ago and Hurricane Maria is poised to decimate St. Croix on Wednesday. During years of yawning […]

TOURISM COMMISSIONER: Government Has Struck A Deal With American Airlines To Fly Tourists Off Of St. Croix In Advance of Hurricane Maria … For Free!

CHRISTIANSTED — Lesson learned from Hurricane Irma. If the government waits until after the storm to evacuate tourists it could take days … even a week before visitors can leave. This time, with a Category 4 storm in the name of Hurricane Maria facing St. Croix, the Virgin Islands government says that it is working […]

Powerful Hurricane Maria Forecast To Pass Within 10 Miles Of St. Croix Early Wednesday Morning As A Category 4 Storm

[ad name=”HTML-68″] CHRISTIANSTED — A hurricane watch was issued for the territory on Sunday as Maria left residents of Irma-battered St. Thomas and St. John racing to prepare for yet another potentially powerful storm — but people in St. Croix know that THIS storm — is headed here. Maria was about 100 miles east of Martinique […]

National Hurricane Center Projects That Hurricane Maria Will Pass South of St. Croix As A Category 3 Storm On Wednesday Morning

HURRICANE MARIA’S PROJECTED TIME PATH THRU THE CARIBBEAN REGION AS OF SUNDAY. [ad name=”HTML-68″] SAN JUAN — Tropical Storm Maria formed Saturday in the western Atlantic Ocean, prompting a hurricane watch for areas battered by Hurricane Irma last week. At 11 a.m., Maria was about 639 miles southeast of St. Croix and is packing maximum […]

The People of The U.S. Virgin Islands Deserve The Same Rights As All Americans … Especially After Hurricane Irma

VIRGIN ISLANDS FREE PRESS: LETTERS TO THE EDITOR [ad name=”HTML-68″] America’s Caribbean. That is what it says on the license plates down there: U.S. Virgin Islands — America’s Caribbean. I should know. I lived there for three years in the early 2000s and still own a condo there today. Actually — “owned” a condo. I […]