U.S Virgin Islands Prepares for Approaching Weather System
Already recovering from the damage caused by Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017, the U.S. Virgin Islands is now bracing for the possible impact of Tropical Storm Maria.
Governor Kenneth E. Mapp has warned residents to concentrate on safety. He has urged all residing in homes damaged by Irma to move to shelters. He announced efforts to open a fourth shelter on St. Thomas at the Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School. The existing shelters on St. Thomas are at Lockhart School, Charlotte Amalie High School and the Knud Hansen Complex. On St. John, the shelters are at Guy Benjamin School and Bethany Moravian Church. On St. Croix, the shelters are at the Herbert Grigg Home, Canegata Park and the St. Croix Educational Complex.
Governor Mapp has adjusted the hours of curfew to give the public more opportunity to prepare for the coming tropical storm. The curfew beginning at 6:00 p.m. will end at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 17, and Monday, September 18, 2017. The public school system, already closed on St. Thomas due to hurricane damage, will also be closed on St. Croix on Monday. School personnel however, are asked to report to work to prepare school buildings for weathering the storm.
The mobile hospital on St. Thomas, a tent facility established outside the battered hospital, will be dismantled ahead of the coming storm. Hurricane recovery efforts and the distribution of commodities will cease beginning Monday evening. Governor Mapp stated that he hopes Tropical Storm Maria changes course, but said that we must prepare according to the current track.