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Wondering if someone is ok? Interested about a property? I have opened a Pleas for Help bulletin board for St.Croix in order to communicate with each other. It is divided in 4 different sections (People, Properties, News, General) to keep things more organized. Hope it helps, Gert

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- WAPA Update
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2017 06:55:54 -0700

Received from Dave via text message (he lives on St.Thomas)

Good morning. WAPA update


VIRGIN ISLANDS WATER AND POWER AUTHORITY STATUS UPDATE


 

WAPA’s power plants at Estate Richmond, St. Croix and Krum Bay, St. Thomas fared relatively well during the passage of Hurricane Maria on Tuesday and Wednesday. The plants provided uninterrupted electrical service prior, during and after the hurricane’s passage providing electricity to both hospitals.

 


The plants were on line Thursday providing electricity to both hospitals and to the Cyril E. King Airport and the Lockhart Elementary School emergency shelter on St. Thomas. At late afternoon, efforts were being made to energize the Henry E. Rohlsen airport on St. Croix.  On St. Thomas, portions of several feeders are also energized.

 


Over the next few days, WAPA will be assessing the damage to the electrical transmission and distribution systems in both districts as well as on Hassel Island and Water Island.  

 


While the territory-wide assessment is being completed, we will begin the process of planting new poles in critical areas to begin restoring service once a plan for restoration has been completed. The restoration plans cannot be developed until the damage assessment procedure is completed.

 


On St. Croix, WAPA water distribution crews are working to resolve an issue with water availability. WAPA personnel is now installing a standby generator to energize the Contentment pump station. Once functional, potable water will be pumped St. Croix’s west end and allow the Kingshill tank to gain storage. The tank has been emptied by an apparent leak which developed during the hurricane. Electrical service has also been restored at the Richmond pump station which will allow for the continued building of storage.  Currently, there are 7.5 million gallons of water on St. Croix which is a three-day water supply.

 


St. John has three days of emergency water storage. St. Thomas has two days of water storage. Customers in higher elevations will experience low pressure or no service at all until all pump stations have been restored with electricity.

 


The Seven Seas water production facility is fully operational on St. Thomas. Electrical service has also been restored to the Donoe pump station and storage is being replenished there as well as at the storage tanks on Sara Hill.



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Gert van Dijken
Caribbean Hurricane Network
http://stormcarib.com


- St.Croix
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:58:12 -0700
US Virgin Relief Fund
Forward by Dave, no power, so flashlight used....


- Federal Distaster Relief Assistance
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:56:33 -0700
Forwarded by Dave, no power still, so shown by flashlight.

This is for both Irma and Maria.

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Gert van Dijken
Caribbean Hurricane Network
http://stormcarib.com

- Airport Updates
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:31:02 -0700

Received via Dave:

Airports:

VIA Jason Coscia

Airport information (source FAA)

St Thomas Airport

Closed till further notice with exception of military hurricane relief operations. 

Currently navigation instruments, landing assistance instruments (ILS, PAPI) and weather advisory systems non operational. Also runway and taxi related lighting out. Air Traffic control not fully operational.


St Croix Airport

Closed until further notice with exception of military hurricane relief operations

Currently VOR and ILS navigation and landing instruments not operational. further assessment is underway

San Juan Airport

The airport is closed pending further damage assessment with exception of military hurricane relief operations.

Currently the runway PAPI and airport navigation systems are not operational and weather advisory system not operational

--
Gert van Dijken
Caribbean Hurricane Network
http://stormcarib.com

- List of items we need to STX aid ASAP
  • By David Johnson <djohnson at canebayvi.com>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:32:37 +0000
I got your info from Sandy Pense in regards to items we need to help restore
STX.

I can update you but here are initial items we need asap:

"We will need for east side island. diesel , gas. Chain saws (16"), blades,
sharpener. Asap ..."

- - - -
David Johnson

(770) 309-0661- Cell
(404) 814-6418 - Office
djohnson at canebayvi.com


- Update
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:15:37 -0700
From Sandra Pense via Text Message:

Stx Carden beach east side stx. 60% tel poles snapped. No Wapa No internet, text cell select areas. Roads cleaned up by locals. Mostly cosmetic damage to our area.
Hovensa cars most windows blown out. Christiansted in bad shape. Everyone helping everyone. We got prepared . But still sharing stuff. Will need fuel for generators soon. 
No reported injury or deaths. Most everyone I know has checked in with next door people. .
Everyone back at clean up at sun up. We need fuel. Have water . Need fuel east side island.

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Gert van Dijken
Caribbean Hurricane Network
http://stormcarib.com

- stcroixsource.com
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:25:03 -0700

"Hurricane Maria now has largely moved on from blasting the U.S. Virgin Islands, and initial reports from people on the ground indicate large numbers of roofs have been blown off all over St. Croix, trees have been stripped and toppled, debris covers the streets and many roads are impassable with utility poles lying across the road."



--
Gert van Dijken
Caribbean Hurricane Network
http://stormcarib.com

- A Quiet Spell...
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:11:05 -0400
Post #3-Sept 19- The surf is building, but the rain has stopped for the moment. 
This enables us to finish those minor, but important details, like taking down 
that forgotten hanging planter, and other small items. In between working, 
cooking, I am sending these updates. It's a balancing act. I am so happy that 
the world is watching and many are praying for us. I have received many 
messages/emails from friends of storm carib. We need every bit of strength we 
can get through those encouraging words and prayers. It's a very stressful 
time. May God bless us all.

Isabel
 
Photos of Schooner Bay(1) and Christiansted(2) with Estate Judith's Fancy and 
St. Croix Condos in the background.

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- The Rain bands are coming
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:42:46 -0400
2nd post- Sept. 19. First of all, thank you for all the thoughts and prayers 
coming to us from all over the world. This morning I received one from the 
U.K.. God bless you all. My grandson has been in touch via WhatsApp from Spain 
and the news from Dominica is that it was destroyed! I'm sorry for all the 
hardship that's ongoing and that to come. I pray that the homeless are being 
sheltered as is the norm and that no one resists. May our Heavenly Father gave 
us the strength and the courage to
endure the terrible beating by hurricane MARIA. Our little island of St. Croix 
is often forgotten by the media. They are only focusing on Puerto Rico, yet it 
has to pass here first. Pray for us!
May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- Major Hurricane MARIA
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:01:42 -0400
Sept. 19, Tuesday 6:51 a.m. - The wind has picked up considerably and the rain 
clouds are gathering. We are to expect up to 18 inches, 20-25 inches in some 
areas. I understand that the first rain bands from hurricane MARIA are to reach 
us by noon today and will be non- stop for several days. The hurricane itself 
does not arrive until tomorrow. God help those islands being battered right 
now, may the folks there be safe!  May God bless us all as we go through this 
tribulation. And bless in a special way all those who are praying for us all 
over the world.

Isabel

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- Cat 5 Hurricane MARIA
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2017 23:34:15 -0400
Monday, Sept. 18 - One of the most vicious hurricanes in history is approaching 
us at a crawl of 9 mph with sustained winds of 160 mph. No wonder then that 
people left the island today by the droves! Some paid $1500 on a charter. 
Unbelievable! 

I hesitate to look at the CPA.I dread knowing, yet I need to know. How close 
will it get? Well, I just checked and the "Server not found " notice popped up. 
Just as well. I'm going with the hope that it will not be a direct hit. Come 
what may, it will pass like everything else and become just another memory with 
many lessons well learnt. Watch and pray. May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- Maria threatens St. Croix
  • By MelissaE Keyes <melissae.keyes at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:29:25 +0000 (UTC)
Hello, all.  We dodged the bullet with Irma, and here comes Maria.  Hopefully it will go by far enough away so we don't get the eye wall here on St. Croix.  As I write, the French radar/satellite animation has Maria hitting poor Dominica right in the middle of the island.

As I write, it is twenty after 8pm.  The storm has a small eye, eight to ten miles wide, which is good.

There is some minor panic going on here, there is a lot of automobile traffic, I hear, and people are filling the big grocery stores trying to buy water and things.  The KMart is accepting only cash.  The storm reportedly just reached category 5, not good.  It still has very warm water along it's path toward Puerto Rico

Lots of fear, hope and prayers.  I will write more as I can.  The Governor has set a 10 am curfew, and they will turn off the island's electricity at 2 pm on Tuesday

From St. Croix,

Melissa.

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- Hurricane MARIA's CPA
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 17 Sep 2017 21:38:19 -0400
Sept.17 (post #2) - This was a beautiful day with a beautiful photo finale. 
Tomorrow never comes, it's always today. We shall deal with it as it comes. One 
thing I know, there's a lot of work around here and errands to run. However, 
today, I baked an apple pie. I took care of the turtles needs, food, water. 
Benji, our pooch, and I raced around on the front lawn; my family and I prayed. 
In between all of the activities I kept checking MARIA's current. location and 
closest point of approach. In Dave's post he said the center of the storm would 
be 17 miles to our south. When I checked it this evening, the CPA was 23 miles. 
Cat 4 LENNY was 45 miles to our south and it felt as if it was right on top of 
us, so, anything closer than that would be heart wrenching! My heart, filled 
with prayers, goes out to everyone on St. Croix and beyond. Be safe!! May God 
bless us all.

Isabel


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- Today's Beautiful Weather & Flowers
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 17 Sep 2017 15:02:02 -0400
Sept. 17/17 -  MARIA is on the way! So, our beautiful weather and flowers are 
about to be battered for the next several days. With no internet most of the 
time today it's hard to get coordinates. Public Schools are closed on Monday to 
make ready the shelters. I understand that the first effects will be felt on 
Monday night already. I may not be able to post updates bud I will keep trying. 
All the best to everyone near and farther. May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- Fwd: Update
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Sat, 16 Sep 2017 22:07:36 -0700

Received from Dave via text:

Latest from here

VIA VI Consortium

Breaking News: Maria is expected to hit St. Croix directly, or pass between St. Thomas and St. Croix on Tuesday packing between 100-120 mile-per-hour winds; public schools closed Monday; Curfew hours on Sunday and Monday now 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. in the STT-STJ District, so residents can make last-minute preparations; distribution centers to quadruple food items to residents ahead of storm; Mapp urges STT-STJ residents to head to shelters. “Listen, concentrate on your family and the protection of yourselves," the governor said.

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- Hurricane MARIA Coming Soon!
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 16 Sep 2017 22:59:40 -0400
Sept. 16 - Unbelievable, but true. 
We are about to get hit by a hurricane on Wednesday morning. Though we have 
been bruised, not battered by IRMA there are still many people without power, 
crews are out removing dangerous broken branches and restoring the community 
wherever it's needed, and now another hurricane with possibly more disastrous 
consequences for us. We can expect wind of 100-120 mph. This info was received 
courtesy of Meteorologist, Dave McDermott in STT. He just added that it has 
slowed down from 20mph. Not good. We are very grateful for his sharing. We have 
to once again jump into action to secure our houses and have a safe place to 
stay. It is thundering at the moment from a smaller TW. The warnings will be 
going up on Sunday night he added, as I write this post. Hope everyone will be 
informed one way or another. May God bless us and protect us all. My sincere 
condolences to the family of the WAPA worker who was killed on the job. May he 
Rest In Peace.

Isabel

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- "JOSE's Tail Whips the V.I."
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 16 Sep 2017 00:10:33 -0400
Sept. 15 - That was the headline from the AVIS. And what a whipping we got! 
Intense lightning/thunder and heavy rain on Thursday into Friday. A medical 
emergency with my 
granddaughter took us to the Sunny aisle area where flooding was quite 
dramatic. Kmart was forced to close due to water pouring into the store through 
a damaged roof. All the employees were involved in pushing water out/or 
mopping: just like at home.

To think that we may have to do it all over again next week with one of the two 
systems coming towards the Lesser Antilles early next week! May God bless and 
protect us all.

Isabel

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- JOSE's Tail...?
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2017 23:29:04 -0400
Sept 14 - Hurricane JOSE just loves hanging around here. According to the CPA 
the storm was more than 500 miles above us, but the tail dragged lower and 
lower south at 3mph. We were pummeled most of the day into the night with heavy 
rain, lightning and sky-cracking thunder! The satélite image showed a part of 
the tail on top of us. Now we have the added excitement, or concern about the 
two invests in the Atlantic which have high chances to become tropical 
cyclones, with a third fiery one to exit the coast of Africa soon. Busy season 
indeed! Watch and pray! May God bless us all.

Isabel


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- CORRECTION
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2017 00:18:17 -0400
I posted a few minutes ago and wrote that the NHC did not mention the TW in the 
middle of the Atlantic. My apologies. I did not do my homework. The NHC is on 
top of it and the next one emerging from Africa. And when they notice we'd 
better "watch and pray". Good night. Blessings!

Isabel

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- Angel in the Clouds!
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2017 00:06:05 -0400
Sept 13 - Do we ever need our angel guardian to watch over us! There is a TW in 
the middle of the Atlantic that's looking rather troublesome. The NHC has not 
mentioned it as yet. Our dear Dave who always kept us informed about oncoming 
and future storms is caught in the midst of that terrible destruction on STT by 
Hurricane IRMA. I got in touch with him and he's fine and anxious to post 
updates about this season, but the curfew gives him little time to take care of 
everything. 

I am concerned about the two big TWs about to emerge from Africa. If they make 
it across lt will mean extreme danger for some folks, and a lot of suffering. I 
hope and pray that our angel protects us. Take a look at the face and hands of 
the angel in the clouds. May God bless you and us all.

Isabel

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- Remain in a State of Preparedness
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2017 20:06:58 -0400
Sept.11 - This day marks the sad remembrance of the attack on the Twin Towers, 
my favorite buildings, at the World Trade Center. Many people died. It was a 
clear, sunny day.

On our hurricane calendar we have the first peak of the season and right on 
cue, IRMA did her part in growing from a Tropical wave into the most powerful 
hurricane ever. I never heard of a hurricane sucking up the sea leaving only 
the sea floor.!! This happened in the Bahamas and at Tampa Bay. 

The second peak of the season is one month from now in October. Between now and 
then we must remain prepared. There are very big TWs coming off the coastal of 
Africa. This season was upgraded to 19 storms, that would bring us to the T 
storm. Hopefully it does not get to that. Are all the storms going to have 
winds of 185 mph? There is so much devastation caused by this hurricane, so 
many more lives and lands in danger. It's wise to remain spiritually, 
physically, and mentally prepared in addition to the material goods. Let's help 
our neighboring islands in any way we can. May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- The Atlantic looks Very Active
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2017 19:44:46 -0700
Good night all. I sent an update earlier and promised to check back about the Tropical Wave that is threatening to become something. It can become a Depression in a few days unless it is interrupted. There is a much bigger one coming off the coast of Africa. There is also a TW that could bring us some rain by the looks of it. AND Hurricane JOSE has stalled. No telling where it is going to turn when it's ready. We had a similar situation with OMAR in the Caribbean. Stay tuned!  We definitely have to remain in a state of hurricane preparedness. I saw drone footage of the destruction in Tortola.You can find it on Youtube. Not including a photo now as they are on the iphone. Just wanted to send this quick update. May God bless us all.

Isabel




- Keeping Watch East
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2017 14:32:33 -0400
Sept. 10 - Good afternoon to you! For the moment it's a good afternoon here. 
Even as I watch the East, my heart is in the West with our relatives and 
friends in Florida as they get battered by Cat 4 Hurricane IRMA. We did not get 
any of that rain, nor the gusty winds we were expected to get with major 
hurricane JOSE.it passed very far from us. The next system was off the coast of 
Africa moving NW and had a 60% chance of developing in 5 days. I will post 
later with more details on that one. I could not resist those clouds at the end 
of our Mass this morning. The day has been bright and sunny.
May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- Cat 4 JOSE will Pass Us
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 9 Sep 2017 18:24:59 -0400
Sept. 9 - BUT,  the next wave has a 40% chance of developing in 5 days. We have 
to keep an eye on it. Cuba got devastated by IRMA, and on Sunday morning it 
arrives at the Keys. Already thousands are without power just because of the 
outer bands. In the meanwhile, many people on the neighboring islands are 
picking up the pieces. A tremendous humanitarian action is in motion to help 
those in need. Thank you, Gert, for all you're doing! And thankfully, JOSE is 
not going through those same areas, however, as our newspaper today indicated, 
we can expect rain and gusty winds, so must they, in that case.. Already the 
sky is showing signs of impending rain. That should start late tonight. 
Despite, the lack of acknowledgement by some, (like Danika Fears of the New 
York Post) that St. Croix is part of the U.S. Virgin Islands, I am proud to say 
that it has become a very important distribution point to get the relief 
supplies to the crippled islands. Patients were brought from the hospital in 
St. Thomas to us; some will be taken on to Puerto Rico. The Cruise ships have 
been rerouted here. For as long as we can, St, Croix will be available to help. 
May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- The Clouds are Speaking
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 8 Sep 2017 08:43:44 -0400
Sept. 8. -  Hello, dear friends and Storm Carib followers. Thank you for your 
thoughts and prayers. I've received quite a few emails of concern for our 
well-being. At one point we were "bull's eye" for Hurricane IRMA. Thankfully we 
were spared. We are saddened by what happened to some islands and sorry for 
anyone in the path of this monstrosity, yet awesome power! It was 500 miles 
across yesterday and seemed to be continuing that way during its trek to 
Florida and beyond. Hurricane JOSE is on the way, should pass us to the north 
early Sunday morning, unfortunately it is going to affect the same islands as 
IRMA. In the meanwhile, are these clouds telling us something? The last time we 
got a big RAIN- 5 inches in Scientific terms! Please share what you know. May 
God bless us all.

Isabel

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- The Clouds are Speaking
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 8 Sep 2017 08:43:44 -0400
Sept. 8. -  Hello, dear friends and Storm Carib followers. Thank you for your 
thoughts and prayers. I've received quite a few emails of concern for our 
well-being. At one point we were "bull's eye" for Hurricane IRMA. Thankfully we 
were spared. We are saddened by what happened to some islands and sorry for 
anyone in the path of this monstrosity, yet awesome power! It was 500 miles 
across yesterday and seemed to be continuing that way during its trek to 
Florida and beyond. Hurricane JOSE is on the way, should pass us to the north 
early Sunday morning, unfortunately it is going to affect the same islands as 
IRMA. In the meanwhile, are these clouds telling us something? The last time we 
got a big RAIN- 5 inches in Scientific terms! Please share what you know. May 
God bless us all.

Isabel

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- IRMA's aftermath
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 7 Sep 2017 14:03:36 -0400
Sept. 7 - We survived IRMA's fury, thank God. She is still furious. We have 
been hearing rumblings or grumbling from the sky; have had passing showers, but 
no continuous heavy rain. We             had a 16hr power outage, other people 
are still without power; some transformers exploded, utility poles fell; trees 
fell, and more that we shall find out later.
But, the dear folks on St Maarten, Barbuda, N Eastern side of Puerto Rico, 
etc.. what destruction on some! Hurricane IRMA should be a Cat 8! We still have 
a lot of hurricane season to go. This is only September. May God bless us all.

Isabel


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- Not too bad in St. Croix
  • By R Petrillo M Puceta <MikeNRenee at live.com>
  • Date: Thu, 7 Sep 2017 14:17:42 +0000

For most of Hurricane Irma, St. Croix had a steady drizzle. After the worst passed, we got actual rain and as of Thursday morning, we're having the occasional thunder storm. All in all though, it was one of the least wet tropical storms I've ever experienced.


It was certainly windy though. Buck Island, just off our coast, reported a gust of 131 mph.


Power went out before the storm even started. Lines are down (I've got one on my house), so is internet/cable.




There had been a curfew, but apparently it's been lifted from 8am to 6pm today (9/7). It will be reviewed again at 3 pm. You can go here: http://www.informusvi.com/ for more info about government actions regarding Irma.


 St. Thomas & St. John have been severely affected. The USVI government has been posting on Facebook about it here: https://www.facebook.com/GovernmentHouseUSVI/



The US has sent navy ships, including a naval hospital, as well the Illinois National Guard to those islands. 


It is taking a long time to get information from the British Virgin Islands, but you can see some trickling out at FB Group BVI Abroad - Hurricane Irma: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1922822811318744/. I have also sent some info to Storm Carib to post on the BVI page.



So far, there have been no reports of fatalities there, but there the islands have been decimated. More to come as help makes its way to both the USVI and BVI.

Keeping an eye on Hurricane Jose now, due Saturday. 

Renee (Christiansted)

- Fwd: #EXTRA: Public Health Emergency declared in Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2017 16:02:55 -0700

#EXTRA: Public health emergency declared in Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands

 

A public health emergency has been declared in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price due to Hurricane Irma.

HHS has also sent a Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) to Puerto Rico. This includes health care providers and support staff who are non-government but are called to federal service in cases of disasters. They are able to aid local officials and assist with urgently needed medical care.

This designation follows an emergency declaration by President Trump for the same islands.

Price made the same declaration in Texas and Louisiana last week following Hurricane Harvey’s landfall.

 

Full statement from HHS:

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 6, 2017

 


HHS Secretary Price declares public health emergency in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands due to Hurricane Irma
 

 

Following the lead of President Trump’s emergency declarations for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D., today declared a public health emergency in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands as Hurricane Irma continues its track in the Caribbean. In addition, he has taken action that gives HHS’ Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) beneficiaries and their healthcare providers and suppliers greater flexibility in meeting emergency health needs.

“As Hurricane Irma bears down on Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, HHS stands ready to help our fellow Americans and do all we can to ensure they have access to the healthcare services and support they need,” said HHS Secretary Tom Price, M.D. “Assets are being mobilized to address both immediate healthcare needs and prepare for long-term challenges. We are doing everything in our power to maintain access to care for those with Medicare and Medicaid by supporting the ability of hospitals and other healthcare facilities that participate in those programs to provide timely care to as many people impacted by the storm as possible.”

In addition to increasing the flexibility in providing services to, and assistance for, CMS beneficiaries, HHS has deployed approximately 70 personnel to affected areas to help state and local authorities plan and respond to communities’ medical needs, and additional staff is on standby to assist.

Today’s declaration of public health emergencies for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands follows similar emergency declarations for Texas and Louisiana that Secretary Price signed to help residents affected by Hurricane Harvey. Secretary Price acted under his authority in the Public Health Service Act and Social Security Act.

These actions and flexibilities are effective retroactively to September 5, 2017.

Public health and safety information for Hurricane Irma can be found at https://www.phe.gov/emergency/events/irma2017/Pages/default.aspx

 

 

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Gert van Dijken
Caribbean Hurricane Network
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- IRMA Suspense!
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2017 23:41:05 -0400
Sept 5 - Good night, All! My last post of the day. I guess i'm anxious to have 
the worst over, but it hasn't even started, except I can hear the surf pounding 
in the dark and the wind has definitely picked up. My heart goes out to our 
island friends and neighbors  who are now suffering the wrath of IRMA. May God 
bless then and us all.

Isabel

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- IRMA Tensions are growing!
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2017 18:28:02 -0400
97th day of the hurricane season. "When is this storm coming...!" It seems like 
forever! That was my granddaughter. I asked, "Do you realize how far it has 
traveled? All the way from Africa!" That is far! So here we are, it's Tuesday 
evening, everyone is tired. I feel frustration set in when I see those boats in 
the bay. Are they just going to be left to the mercy of IRMA? I just hope no 
one is on board. Someone was Kite surfing a while ago; he's in the photo. Our 
Flora are still delighting us with a variety of colors. It's been a beautiful 
hurricane season so far. IRMA is causing a. lot of anxiety as can be imagined. 
I will keep sending posts as long as I can. We expect all kinds of problems. I 
hope and pray that we don't have tornadoes, however, they are a part of these 
systems.There's a 36hr curfew set in place beginning at 6:00 a.m. tomorrow. 
This evening the shelters opened and everyone who should be there must be 
there. May God have mercy on us, bless us and protect us all.

Isabel

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- Irma
  • By MelissaE Keyes <melissae.keyes at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2017 23:10:56 +0000 (UTC)
  1. I believe the worst will skim by us. Don't know when the electricity will be back tho' when you pray, please ask. "Go north! Go north!" Bless us all---I'll be back with everyone asap. Might be a week or so, the power poles are awfully loaded with vines and tree limb
  2. It is just a bit windy tonight, Tuesday  The Tropical Storm strength gusts are supposed to get here tomorrow, Wednesday morning.  There is a curfew from Wednesday, 6am, through Thursady night.  And the Governor signed a proclamation that the National guard could confiscate all private guns and ammo.  All that are legally registered, so-- owell.  (I don't know what the 1, 2  3 is, my computer is doing that)
Here is a radar, might still be functioning, from a French island---




Cheers,

Melissa



- IRMA, IRMA, IRMA...
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2017 15:26:52 -0400
Sept. 5 - This is the day we must rush to completion what still has to be done. 
It's almost too late. The weather is going "downhill".  The wind has picked up 
and the rain is in it's beginning stages. It starts and stops, but when it 
begins in earnest we should have some 18" ?? It's going to be days of rain. 
People here are in disbelief. "Prepare? How can one prepare for something like 
this!! If your roof blows off, someone said, just cover yourself with a 
mattress" Hurricane IRMA is being compared to the much feared HUGO, except this 
one is bigger, stronger. There's hammering around the neighborhood. People are 
definitely securing their property. I will post later again before the last of 
the daylight. To you in the Caribbean, who will be visited or brushed by, know 
that our thoughts and prayers here are for everyone to be safe. May God bless 
us all.

Isabel

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- Hurricane Warning!
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2017 00:04:59 -0400
Sept 4 -,Hello again, this is my third post of the day. A while ago , when the 
warning was issued, the emergency alert on my phone sounded the alarm. A scary 
moment when we know for sure that this monstrous storm is going to wreak havoc 
on our little island paradise for the next three days. I hope and pray that 
everyone will be safe. On Tuesday morning we still have a bit of running around 
to do. We should be back when it's still calm. Later in the day will come  the 
beginning of a rapid deterioration through the night, and complete chaos the 
next day, Wednesday,  in the form of IRMA. May God bless and protect us all. I 
want to thank all the well wishers who have written to me at this time. Much 
appreciated. 

Isabel

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