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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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- Welcome ROSE WAY Schooner!
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:29:15 -0400
Nov. 20 - It is back! The Rose Way Schooner from Boston. They always come at 
this time of year. They also visit the other islands, but this is their home 
away from home. So glad they did not stay away because of the hurricanes 
impacting our islands. The sea is so beautiful and soon will the land recover. 
I must say they got some dark threatening clouds and rain at first, but nothing 
like the early low temps over there. My son said there were snow flurries this 
morning in NY. 

We are all in the rush to complete our preparation for many Thanksgiving events 
to take place. Most of them feeding the hungry, the lonely, and needy of the 
community in thanksgiving for all the blessings received. It is a happy time. 
There is a tremendous amount of work still to be done by the linemen and we see 
the crews out there 24/7. We hope they will have a great thanksgiving dinner as 
well. Soon everyone should have their power restored. It's a matter of Time. 
Have a wonderful week ahead. May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- Eighteen Years Ago...
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:16:55 -0400
Nov. 15/16 - I remember it well. I was all alone. Hurricane LENNY formed in the 
Western Caribbean and headed east towards us. My grandson was born in Spain. 
Today we celebrated his 18th birthday as we recover from the most devastating 
hurricane in 28 yrs.(that was HUGO). We were fortunate that LENNY stayed to our 
south, but was BIG, so it felt as it was over us with its 140 mph winds. It 
came within 15 miles of the soon to open Divi Carina Resort on the south 
eastern end of the island causing severe damage, so that the opening had to be 
postponed until February. This time hurricane MARIA damaged or destroyed most 
of it's 200 rooms leaving only some 40 usable rooms. Due to lack of 
communication it has been difficult to get more information. Getting up there 
has been another problem due to lack of time. On the other hand, our Divi-Divi 
tree in the center of our driveway, which has withstood several hurricanes 
during the last 20 yrs, since our house was built, was pushed over for the 
first time; it was not uprooted but has suffered trauma and is in a sad state 
except for the orchids growing in the trunk. New orchids are blooming! I expect 
that the tree will eventually recover as well. With LENNY power was shut down 
at noon before the storm passed until 6:30 p.m. the following day. That was it! 
Now with this hurricane, there was impact with wind far stronger than HUGO, the 
only difference, it move a bit faster by. Even strong houses like our own felt 
as if it was vibrating. It was a scary night for everyone. Thank God I fell 
asleep and woke up when the worst was over. Our Siamese cat seems to be saying 
with that pose, "Now I can finally relax again.." May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- Power Has Been Restored !
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 12 Nov 2017 10:44:19 -0400
Nov. 12 - Good Sunday Morning! We have been celebrating since late afternoon on 
Friday 10th when our power was restored. ! We know that it will be interrupted 
a few times before all is finally settled. We were so busy yesterday that there 
was no way I could send out a post sharing the great news. One of the things we 
did was see the show HOW CAN WE SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE MARIA. It was hilarious. 
The kids at Country Day School did a great job even though there were so many 
hurricane aftermath issues to deal with. It will be on again next weekend for 
those locally who read these posts. The sun is intense right now, but ever so 
often we get rain showers. Have a wonderful day and may God bless us all.

Isabel


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- Morning Glory
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 10 Nov 2017 12:00:19 -0400
Nov. 10 - Another spectacular sunrise! I did not realize that the poor beaten 
up little palm took on the shape of a cross until I saw the photo I took. 
Interesting!  Other than that we're waiting to celebrate electricity. The town 
of Christiansted looks pretty good. I think the visitors of the first cruise 
ship tomorrow will be impressed with the national park and the amazing progress 
made after such a devastating hurricane. I have to take pictures of the wharf 
area one day. 

Today, as I was trying to get around there were quite a few detours, but that's 
okay with me. The linemen have to get their work done with the least danger to 
anyone. They are like bees everywhere. Busy, busy! 

Benji is happiest when he is chewing on his favorite treat Oinkies . He goes 
absolutely nuts when he sees one. Here, he pretends it's a cigar! If only HARTZ 
could see him. He's going to be 10 months old tomorrow. He's not afraid of 
thunder, much less hurricanes

A happy Veterans Day to all our Veterans. Have a wonderful day tomorrow. Thank 
you for your service to our country. May God bless you and all of us.

Isabel


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- Pink Poodle in the Clouds!
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 8 Nov 2017 11:59:01 -0400
Nov. 8 -  Yesterday was exactly 7 weeks since we lost power with the arrival of 
Hurricane MARIA overnight. We lost SPRINT phone service more than a week before 
that. AND here we are! Everyone is trying to plan the Thanksgiving Day Dinner. 
Not easy. However, there's so much compassion out there. We have been treated 
with the utmost kindness. Even the Clouds treat us to a lovely painting now and 
then. This morning I could not resist those puffy, pink clouds, then I noticed 
the poodle. Debris removal like many things is slow because of the immensity of 
the damage. Public Works has a tremendous job at some sites like this one in 
Cotton Valley up East.
We're all hanging in there. Soon it will be but a conversation piece. Have no 
fear Tropical Storm RINA is not coming here! It's going the other way up to 
Europe. What we have to watch is the Western Caribbean. Keep smiling! May God 
bless us all!

Isabel


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- T. S. RINA
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Nov 2017 17:55:12 -0400
Nov. 7 - Today I was surprised to learn that RINA had formed above us. It is 
heading down to the Caribbean, but I trust my favorite weatherman, Dave, that 
the cold Atlantic will snuff it out before it gets here. After this one there 
are still two more to make it 19. In the meanwhile, our relatives in Europe 
were impacted by OPHELIA in October, and PHILIPPE went up the coast causing 
havoc in Maine, with 800,000 people losing power. There's no "Q" storm, so now 
RINA is on the move. We can hardly wait for this hurricane season to end. It 
has been quite a disastrous one, Many people are working to help restore power, 
phone service,  and so many roofs that need attention. Today our post at the 
bottom of the hill was finally erected after two days of digging. We're 
grateful for these hard workers and pray that they can do so safely. May God 
bless us all.

Isabel

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- T. S. RINA
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Nov 2017 17:55:12 -0400
Nov. 7 - Today I was surprised to learn that RINA had formed above us. It is 
heading down to the Caribbean, but I trust my favorite weatherman, Dave, that 
the cold Atlantic will snuff it out before it gets here. After this one there 
are still two more to make it 19. In the meanwhile, our relatives in Europe 
were impacted by OPHELIA in October, and PHILIPPE went up the coast causing 
havoc in Maine, with 800,000 people losing power. There's no "Q" storm, so now 
RINA is on the move. We can hardly wait for this hurricane season to end. It 
has been quite a disastrous one, Many people are working to help restore power, 
phone service,  and so many roofs that need attention. Today our post at the 
bottom of the hill was finally erected after two days of digging. We're 
grateful for these hard workers and pray that they can do so safely. May God 
bless us all.

Isabel

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- Day of Suspense
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 6 Nov 2017 16:26:39 -0400
Nov. 6 - Yesterday's sunset announced today's rain. My niece said it was 
looking like a rainy week. That being the case, the linemen will probably not 
be able to make a lot of progress. It's worrisome especially for those with 
electric ovens. The call is out for contributions to the annual Thanksgiving 
dinner for all the homeless, hungry, lonely people in the community. This year 
it's going to be particularly necessary to be there for those who have lost 
much or need that special attention. 

Last night's moonlight and the lights below, made for an interesting photo. 
Whether the lights are electric or by generator,  I have no idea. The crew was 
working again below us, but the post is still not up. After the 1 A Feeder is 
powered should come Feeder 2 which is ours, but at this point in Time I prefer 
to have phone service first so that I can use the Wifi at home. Going to a Hot 
Spot every day takes a lot of my time. I wish all the best to everyone here and 
on all the islands that are recovering from those two Cat 5 hurricanes. May God 
bless us all,

Isabel

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- Getting Closer...
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 5 Nov 2017 11:09:39 -0400
Nov. 4/5 - Some days  like yesterday are just too short, in addition we spent a 
good part of the afternoon keeping track of the linemen on our road. Suspense! 
Well, they left the pole on the ground and left. So much for that, perhaps the 
next crew will finish the job. In the meanwhile, I'm still cooking on the one 
burner. That pot is full of lentils seasoned and simmered with smoked turkey 
necks. The supermarket was out of meat other than those. Their generator burnt 
out the week before and they lost all their perishables. What a pity! They were 
promised electricity in a few days. One day at a time. May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- Evening Lights/Electric Lights?
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 3 Nov 2017 12:25:40 -0400
Nov. 3 - Signs of lights, not generated power, are showing up more in 
Christiansted. Not us as yet, but soon. We are waiting. At the same time we are 
being spoiled by some wonderful people. They're making our life so much more 
enjoyable! Thank you all! Our weather has also been quite enjoyable. I'm 
especially glad for the many linemen on island helping to restore power. I hope 
they have enough free daytime hours to enjoy the beautiful Caribbean as well. 
Our daylight is becoming shorter and shorter, that means our lamps are going to 
get more of a workout. The evenings on our hill are cooling down. And soon it 
will be Holiday Season! Am I going to have electricity to cook that 
thanksgiving dinner?? Suspense! May God bless us all!

Isabel

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- Our Weather Today
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 16:33:35 -0400
Nov. 2- As you see from the photos, it's bright and shines at the moment. To 
our east we have action, hopefully nothing that develops. There are still three 
more storms on the list if we are to have the maximum number of 19 for the 
season mentioned by the experts when they announced a busy season. I Believe 
that PHILIPPE was the one that impacted Maine and left 800,000 without power.

Power is being restored here section by section. Soon it shall be our turn. 
This has been a challenge and a learning experience. It has also provided us 
with quality time  in the evenings when otherwise we would each have our own 
agenda. I remember when we visited Tasche, a little village in Switzerland, 
when we lived there. We had no tv, nor radio. We read, went for long walks, we 
explored, we got lost and talked about that adventure for some time. It was 
great quality time. Bottom line is we have to do the best we can with what we 
have and "bloom where we are planted". May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- On Land, in the Sea, in the Sky...
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 1 Nov 2017 16:08:42 -0400
Nov. 1- Always something interesting going on! Elsewhere, according to the 
newspaper, the State of Maine was left hanging by a Nor'easter up the coast. 
Some 800,000 folks were without power. Same story as here, except that it's 
getting colder there and it may be a long while before they get it back. .Here, 
the sun shines more often than not, the sea is a beautiful blue, it is warm. 
Thanks to a dear friend in Arizona, who sent us 02COOL, 5 inch, battery powered 
fans. They are great! My Siesta is far more restful; the cool air even seems to 
drive the mosquitos away! We have been truly blessed with so many people 
wanting to help, sending us very practical items like the bright lamps that can 
be charged by solar or electric power, plus in turn charge devises, and the 
ANKER portable solar panels that fold up like a purse, with a pocket inside in 
which to plug in devises. Amazing the technology to help in the aftermath of a 
disaster, or even a short term power outage.. We are now in the 7th week 
without power, 9th without SPRINT phone service, etc. DISH said it will be 
another 2 months before they can even begin the task of assessing damage to 
antenas. It's certainly not boring around here, as long as we keep busy, and 
there's lots to do. Slowly things are getting back to normal. One thing I will 
be extra happy about is being able to bake again. This one-burner propane thing 
is a challenge especially when it's a multiple dish. Conversation, though, is a 
delight. Stay with us. Someday I shall give you the good news that we have 
power. May God bless you and us all.

Isabel

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- Welcome Showers
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 31 Oct 2017 15:59:09 -0400
Oct. 30 - This goes for natural showers to cool off and indoor showers, which 
make us especially happy since our generator got wired to the pump
We keep hoping to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The NY linemen are 
praising our WAPA linemen claiming the are learning a lot from them. They know 
their stuff. I wish I had the right wording from the newspaper but i had to 
rush out. We are  nevertheless happy to improve bit by bit if nothing else. We 
received two packages, some kids were happy they got three, and so on...it goes 
to show that the mail is moving again. I will let those of you know when I 
receive your package. Thanks again for all your support. May God bless us all. 

Isabel

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- News from the St. Croix Avis
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 31 Oct 2017 15:58:58 -0400
Oct. 31 - Day 153 of the 2017 Hurricane Season. Thought you might be interested 
in seeing some of the reports on our local paper. There is great camaraderie 
among the workers. They learn from each other; one thing for sure, the NY crew 
works fast with the speed known by all New Yorkers. Yet, they admit they have 
learned a lot from the WAPA crew. If all goes as planned the little island, 
known as Protestant Cay should be energized today, ( the last photo taken this 
morning shows the Cay ); maybe some of us will get power as well. May God bless 
us all.

Isabel

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- Men at Work! Women too!
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 29 Oct 2017 11:00:40 -0400
Oct. 29th- the youth as well.! They're back in school. Eight schools are not 
operational. The students have to double schedules to be able to get their 
education, and they will be going almost right through the Summer since 
Hurricanes IRMA and MARIA did a good job in their business, which is disaster 
and havoc everywhere. As I said earlier, in another update most of the school 
buses were shuffled about causing extensive damage to most. Parents have to car 
pool and try any which way to get their children to school. Not easy, 
nevertheless, the smiles abound and the sun breaks through the clouds. The 
clouds in the photo below brought us lots of rain, not for long. WAPA connected 
some places yesterday including our parish, Holy Cross on Company and Prince 
Streets. I am confident that we shall have power restored this coming week. We 
had some good news yesterday that our mail will start to move and soon we 
should receive those long awaited packages. May God bless us all. 

Isabel

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- A New Day of Hope
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2017 11:36:30 -0400
Oct. 28 - This beautiful sunrise cloud was most unusual. It brings hope to many 
that soon their power will be restored, us included. We're getting the weather 
head checked again for a second opinion to make sure everything is in order. A 
lot of activity around the church today. As a matter of fact, the long poles 
were blocking one of the doors. I had the opportunity to speak with one of the 
crew. He said the island was beautiful and everyone was so friendly. However, 
he did admit that where I live will not be getting power as yet. Boo-hoo! 
Thanks again for all your support. May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- Hindering Weather
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 27 Oct 2017 10:40:27 -0400
Oct. 27- WAPA and NY linemen are working hard to restore power: various crews 
are spread out in various places and many people have had power restored. 
It's rain like the one overnight and into the early morning hours that can 
delay restoration. We know that soon we are going to be back to normal. Thanks 
again for all the help from everyone out there. We really appreciate it and 
will always remember your kindness during this 2017 disaster. May God bless you 
and all of us.

Isabel


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- World Series in St. Croix..??
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2017 10:52:20 -0400
Oct.26 - That's the way it seemed from the headline on yesterday's update. 
Well, No! The curfew was adjusted so that those folks who wanted to be out at 
one of the bars/restaurants showing the games can get a chance to see them. 
Although from past experience, I know that the games can go much later than 
11pm. I must say that it's quite dangerous out there after dark; no street 
lights, no traffic lights. I don't know when those will be repaired and 
energized, but I do know that more and more people are dancing, like the couple 
in that painting on a wall,  because more of them have power. Soon it'll be our 
turn to dance! Unfortunately, the beautiful Quinn House building, though 
seemingly intact, got a powerful impact causing a huge hole right between the 
windows! Last photo is of a weather system that is forecast to affect is on 
Friday & Saturday. Hope you are all well. Pray that we stay well as patients 
are being Air lifted after three days if they cannot be helped as outpatients; 
the hospital is temporarily closed! May God bless you and us all.

Isabel 

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- Special Curfew for World Series in St. Croix
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2017 18:08:12 -0400
Oct. 25 - Last night many people seemed to be out watching the 1st game, except 
maybe for the karaoke (?) lady down the road. (The curfew is now 11 pm to 5 am 
until Nov. 2 ), She was sure having fun exercising her vocals.Ha, ha!  I like 
to hear people laughing, singing, having fun after the brutal onslaught of two 
Cat 5 hurricanes in 10 days. I can't help smiling when I think of a family who 
found a newborn kitten, which was obviously blown by the wind and caught on 
branches of a bush. They named him Cat 5!! Another family found three in a 
similar manner and rescued them. One of the sad stories is of the wife and 
daughter braving the hurricane after midnight to get medical help for husband/ 
father. They had to turn back and he died. A grandma lay dead in her bed 
throughout the hurricane. Quite an ordeal for the family as you can imagine. 
I'm glad and very thankful to God that my husband who has a heart condition did 
not suffer a crisis. As it was we all went to bed in our quiet "bunker", and I 
slept like a baby throughout. He told me in the morning that he heard a banging 
upstairs on and off. It turned out to be the Dish antena, which is still 
hanging until we get power back . My daughter heard all kinds of noise on the 
upstairs uncovered deck to the east. Photos show today's  afternoon sky to the 
east. We are expecting rain over the next few days. Another pole hanging, as 
you see. And, our Benji sitting across from me this morning hoping he gets more 
cornflakes, with remaining milk in the disposable bowl. He's quite a character! 
We're all hoping to get power back soon. Our generators have to be secured and 
ready for  
any outages, and definitely for future hurricanes. As long as the lines are 
above ground that will be the norm. Some people benefited from the lines that 
are underground, but the job is far from finished. It's about time! Well time 
to go home. It's already getting dark here. May God bless you and us all.

Isabel 

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- Another Storm out there?
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2017 17:47:30 -0400
Oct. 24- this morning I was at the pharmacy texting while I waited for refills 
when I heard an uproar from people there who were following the Tropical 
Update. The. volume was off so I did not even know until a woman exclaimed, 
"Not another one.." I have to wait until I get to the WIFI hotspot to get more 
information. Not having internet is very frustrating. The WAPA report was just 
a few words from the Governor, which did not amount to anything new. I need to 
hear directly from a WAPA representative. However, as long as I see 8 utility 
poles in our neighborhood hanging on their cables, I know we won't be having 
power soon. The attached photo shows an example of 8. We, nevertheless, have to 
make sure that our weather head is in order so that when power is restored we 
will have it; as far as we were told, ours is good to go. 
The ice cream cone cloud above that building in Gallows Bay was irresistible. 
Last photo is of our cozy, dining area on the covered deck. We've had great 
conversations there. Well it can last quite a while longer, but we hope and 
pray that we will be back to normal sooner than later. Even though it's more 
than a month without power, we still go for the light switches and the water 
faucets. Let's face it, we're creatures of habit! Thanks for all the support. 
We were even invited to stay with friends in Chile. May God bless them and all 
of us.

Isabel

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- A Lovely Hurricane Season Day
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2017 16:36:32 -0400
Oct. 23 -  it does not look bad towards the east. There's a blob approaching 
the islands to our south, whether it comes up into our neighborhood; we shall 
find out soon enough. We have been showered upon every now and then, enough to 
keep the plants happy and the green a bit greener. Most of our lower garden has 
overgrown into a jungle; I would say at least 3/4s of it. We try to keep the 
"tourist" part presentable. I enjoy landscaping, but right now Time is at a 
premium. There are folks who'd like to believe that we are going to have power 
restored this week. That would be great after more than a month without. This 
evening WAPA is going to update us during the Governor's Press Conference. I 
hope they have good news. Also, we've been without SPRINT phone service and 
internet for more than a month, since IRMA! Many have changed to AT&T, but 
those of us still hanging on have to go to a WIFI Hot Spot like this one at the 
Public Library on King Street (see photo below). I expect that service will be 
restored soon; we shall see. Packages are slow in arriving, especially through 
our downtown post office, but my daughter received one delivered right to her 
Kindergarten classroom. One day at a time. Be well, be happy. May God bless us 
all.

Isabel

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- A Visit to Fredriksted
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 22 Oct 2017 17:58:05 -0400
Oct 22 - Yesterday we drove to what is considered "ground zero". The hardest 
hit part we were told was more inland but what we saw was quite bad. A cruise 
ship hotel was anchored at the pier. Many workers stay there. Soon, as of Nov. 
11 we understand the first of 90 cruise ships for the season will arrive. 
Slowly but surely by the grace of God "we shall rise up again". May God bless 
us all.

Isabel

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- WE. SURVIVED. HURRICANE MARIA!!.
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:41:35 -0400
Sept. 20- Good Morning, Stormcarib correspondents, family and friends near and 
far!
By the grace of God and all of your prayers we got through this horrendous 
historic hurricane with wind sustained at 175 gusts to 200! Our house was built 
strong but when I felt some vibration I worried. Thankfully we have mostly 
downed trees, two shutters upstairs came off, so the flooded upstairs leaked to 
the downstairs. Galvanized sheets are on our property and my nieces house next 
door. 99% of the roofs in downtown Christiansted remained intact, beyond that 
we hope that most if not all did as well. Not sure when this will go out, but I 
have it ready to go, Thanks again for your support during this most frightful 
hurricane. I will also try to contact you, Gert, by cell phone but that too may 
take a while. Hopefully some kind of service returns. Would be good if another 
correspondent with phone possibility can get some information through. Stay 
tuned! May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- My Update today
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2017 09:34:13 -0400
Sept. 27- Hello, World! I'm writing to you from Hurricane Maria's School of 
compassion and learning. We have to go back to basics and in doing so we learn. 
When we go to the "Well" for bottles of water. We mean the tank under the deck. 
That water is for washing dishes and bathing. We have bottled water for 
drinking and cooking. What we crave for is ICE!! We haven't heard the tinkling 
of ice for a week. We lost power/current last Tuesday. I managed to go out in 
the morning before the rain started and from then on all Hell broke loose. It 
got worse and worse. We shuttered the upstairs as best as possible and joined 
daughter and granddaughter in the bunker downstairs. It was so quiet there that 
we could not hear the storm that was raging outside unless we went to the door 
in the hallway. The house seemed to vibrate with the strong wind. We worried 
about the roof. We listened to our battery powered radio from which we heard 
vital information. I was surprised to learn later that many people did not have 
a radio. One of the things we still have to learn and MARIA SAID IT LOUD AND 
CLEAR :  We must get everything to the smallest detail ready and available in 
case we get hit; the radio is one of them. It keeps us connected especially 
with very little in the way of communication. I'm counting on this going out 
when we get to the only WIFI Hot Spot available. We heard, on the radio that 
Hots SPOTS will be set up everywhere so that we can get in touch with family, 
friends and the rest of the world. Don't get desperate if you don't hear from 
us. If you log on to Storm Carib you will read my updates as I am able to get 
them out, plus whatever information Gert is posting about St.Croix. We trying 
to see humor in some of the things that happen throughout the day and we laugh. 
God does have a sense of humor and we thank Him for our pets, which provide us 
with many light moments. The photos reflect the severe damage to the tree in 
the turtle domain. The orchids did not survive this Time. MARIA WAS BRUTAL!! 
I'm concerned that the plants themselves may not survive. We placed a sunscreen 
over the bare area so that the turtles do not get the intense heat of the 
afternoon. We have been trimming branches off the right side and plan to keep 
the rest of the tree, which is already sprouting new leaves. Please continue to 
support us with prayer which is the greatest need we have, that is, plus ICE, 
which you can't send anyway😂! May God bless you and us all.

Isabel

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- The Sunday After
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 24 Sep 2017 12:52:01 -0400
Sept. 24- Good Day, All, near and far. Thank you very much for your  support 
during our time of trial with Hurricane MARIA. Please continue as we strive to 
recover. I heard something encouraging on the radio this morning, that is, 
recovery is faster than ever in the past. Cell phone towers are being worked 
on, and electricity will be restored soon in some areas. It's looking good. We 
were told there was some "bad weather" expected today, however, there's no sign 
of that as yet. The photos were taken a short while ago. Thanks again and may 
God bless us all. (Curfew is from noon to 4 pm)

Isabel

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- Cat 4 Hurricane MARIA Curfew begins at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:28:37 -0400
We are all in suspense as to what Hurricane Maria is going to do to us. 
Memories of HUGO are still quite vivid, especially with the devastation on our 
neighboring islands. That is very painful to see. Are our houses stronger now 
than in 1989? I think with the new building codes, since then, it should make a 
difference. All we can do is pray, hope for the best, and help those who can't 
help themselves. Vacationers, who know me through stormcarib local updates, 
arrived on Saturday and had to leave today already on the last two seats 
available. AA has canceled flights to St. Croix, which convinces my son and 
family that this was not a good time to visit. Hurricane effects stick around 
for a while and there are never enough work crews to take care of cleaning up 
debris. It takes a while to get back to a normal routine. The important thing 
is not to give up hope. Take it a day at a time. May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- How Close is Hurricane MARIA?
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:07:47 -0400
Post #4- Sept. 19 : Well, it feels very close. It's beginning to sound like a 
hurricane. The wind is getting stronger and it's continuous. I cannot imagine 
how it will be at 160 mph! I hope and pray that the Water and Power folks are 
taking care of themselves as well as looking out for us. Thank you very much, 
stormcarib followers for all your prayers and encouragement.  May God bless you 
and us all.

Isabel


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- Time to Smell the Roses
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2017 13:42:14 -0400
Sept. 12 - Even if we don't have roses, or if the ones we have do not have much 
of a fragrance, we can still take a deep breath and enjoy the moment before the 
next storm. I don't have roses, but last night I got a good look at a 
Flamboyant flower hanging low on a branch. So intricate, so delicate, yet it 
falls only when it's time is up. Obviously, IRMA's fury could not blow the tree 
bare. The additional charm of this photo is it comes to life if pressed. It's 
called "live photo". I learned that from my 16 yr old technician.

This morning a cargo plane flew over my roof and before I could run to the 
front of the house to take the picture it disappeared into the blue and clouds. 
It's there in the photo. No doubt it was taking relief supples to one of the 
islands. It's heartbreaking to see beauty destroyed by a beast. So many people 
suffering.i hope the 19 mon old child was not bluffing when she said, "Jesus 
coming soon." May God bless us all.

Isabel

  

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- 160 mph Sustained..??
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:10:39 -0400
Sept.19- it is early afternoon. We are going to try a little siesta before we 
get bombarded by Hurricane MARIA with unbelievable sustained winds of 160 mph. 
My heart breaks for the many people who are living in houses that may not be 
able to take the continuous smashing. Our house was built strong, but is there 
any house strong enough? The weather is going "downhill" with each hour. Later 
we are going downstairs to the "Bunker" where we'll spend the hurricane hours 
with our daughter and granddaughter. The best thing is to sleep through it. 
It's a consolation to know that so many people have written and are with us in 
spirit. May God bless us all. 

Isabel

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- Hurricane IRMA
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2017 07:24:53 -0400
Sept. 5 - G'Morning, World! This day will be the beginning of IRMA's charms on 
our little speck in the Caribbean. This morning at 5:00 a.m. I woke up to a 
heavy, steady rain. No wind. It probably had been raining for sometime as the 
porch was already flooded. I'm concerned about the people on those boats. I 
hope they leave for a safe haven. With OMAR the sea was fierce, spewing waves 
way over the pier; many boats sank. The two attached photos were taken very 
early. I will post again later and will do so for as long as we have the 
capability. Be well. May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- IRMA is Fierce!
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2017 08:17:17 -0400
Sept.6- G'Morning! My first post was not recorded in SENT. I hope you get this 
one. The sea will soon be all white foam. The boats are still there, but unlike 
other people, these are not in their boats. In his blog Dave wrote that those 
who refused to leave their boats were asked to write their ss# on one arm. Body 
bags were ready! Why would anyone want to stay on their boat during such a 
storm!! 

The hurricane is raging but that did not keep me from having breakfast in the 
protected dining alcove on the porch. Lunch will probably have to be inside. 
May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- Hurricane JOSE - Cat 4
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 8 Sep 2017 16:43:57 -0400
Sept. 8  -" Listen, JOSE, forget about IRMA! Not worth it. Look at what she has 
done and steer clear away from the suffering folks on the islands. Go out to 
sea instead and do some fishing out there where both you and us will be happy". 
If only we could really speak to storms like that and they listen. At the 
moment ( just checked ) the CPA to St. Croix is 147.7 miles from us, Sunday at 
1:54 a.m. Unfortunately, some of the same places can get hurt again and the 
folks there are still "struggling to get back on there feet". We worry at the 
same time about family and friends in Florida as they prepare for IRMA. We 
stand helpless as we watch. We understand how the reverse happened when it was 
coming here. This is definitely a stressful time. May God grant us peace and 
bless us all.

Isabel 

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- Five Days later
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 07:47:23 -0400
Sept. 25- G'Morning, World! We are alive and well. If anyone complains it's 
just part of that person's character. Every effort is being made to meet the 
needs of each day. Great strides have been made in these 5 days since hurricane 
MARIA. So what if we cannot spend precious Time on less important things. 
Before long we are going to get back to each his own routine. Now, we are 
spending more quality time together, having great conversation and planning the 
next day's strategy. Today we have to try to get to another pharmacy to pick up 
the medication my husband needs for his heart condition. Our neighborhood 
pharmacy did not have it after standing in line for an hour. This is just one 
of the many challenges..Each evening we sit around the battery powered radio 
and listen to the Governor's briefing on the progress being made and that still 
to come. Various Commissioners report on their findings and the solutions 
available. Things are moving fast and it's a matter of Time and patience before 
everything is in place. ( The photo shows this morning's face after a tropical 
Wave passed by during the night.) Please continue to pray for us; we need all 
the support we can get. May God bless you and us all.

Isabel

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- Old UPDATES finally going out!!
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:59:58 -0400
Hi! Please take note that some of the updates today are older ones which did 
not go out. Look for the ones dated 19 , 20th for the most recent information. 
Thank you. Lots of Blessings,

Isabel

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- Update
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:50:27 -0400

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- Raining cats and dogs...
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 10 Oct 2017 12:18:17 -0400
Oct 10  - hi ! I have to run! It's starting to rain again and I'm at an outdoor 
wifi hotspot. I feel sorry for the people without roofs. This weather is to 
last a few days,  A Wave and a Low got together. Work is progressing on the 
utility posts, we hope that we can get power back at least after a month like 
with HUGO. We hope and pray. May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- Very Stormy Conditions
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2017 06:29:06 -0400
Sept. 6 - My 5 a.m. alarm did not wake me nor the usual one in my head. It was 
5:45. Power is out. Heavy rain  I think this is the beginning of a long, long 
day. Benj, our pooch, wants to go outside! He would get blown away. No freshly 
brewed coffee and definitely, no smoothie! Will try to get back later. May God 
bless us and protect us.

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- How close can it get? - Closest Point of Approach - Caribbean Hurricane Network
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2017 08:31:29 -0400
Hi! Those of you interested in finding out how close the center( eye )of the 
storm can get to St. Croix on Wednesday, our coordinates are 17.7N 64.8W. Thank 
you. While you're at it, please consider making a donation, no matter how 
small, to this website. Every bit helps.

Isabel



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- One Month Later..(2)
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:31:56 -0400
Oct. 20 - Hello Again! I wrote an update, which did not go out will try again 
later. I'm sending this shorter one so you get an idea how Christiansted looks 
for the most part. Just want those of you who are planning a vacation to know 
that all is going well. Some areas outside of the Historic town will take 
slightly longer than others. Considering the tremendous strength of the storm 
and the damage it has done, we have come a long way in a short time. May God 
bless us all.

Isabel

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- One Month Later...
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:22:22 -0400
Oct.19/20- The sky the evening before (18) dictated the type of hurricane that 
was imminent- Cat   5 !! It started raining and the power went since Sept. 19! 
We prepared for what we heard in advance; it was going to be bad. When Gert 
asked me via text where I was located I knew that St. Croix was going to be 
impacted. Then I found out that it would be the west I was relieved with mixed 
emotions. On the radio we heard that the worse part of the hurricane was going 
to be felt between 11pm and 4 a..m.  We were urged to keep on street clothes 
and shoes especially if we felt our houses were not capable of withstanding 175 
mph winds with gusts of 200mph. As the wind grew stronger we felt the house 
"vibrating" but only when we went out in the hallway of the downstairs apt 
which we call the "bunker". We decided to just turn in for the night before 11 
p.m. We were all exhausted from the preparations in advance of the storm. I 
could not believe that I woke up at 4:15 a.m.. It was still 
very stormy, but what brought me fully awake was something which I soon found 
out were drops from the ceiling. I thought the roof must've blown off! There 
were puddles all over the floor. Later we discovered all sections of the roof 
intact, but the large shutters that covered the door to the east deck had blown 
off and the rain blew in everywhere it could. Trees were down. The town seemed 
fine at first, but in reality there was a lot of damage. Many utility poles 
were down or hanging every which way. It was a miracle that we all survived. 
May God be forever praised! We were saddened to hear that Fredriksted  was 
badly destroyed. At the school bus depot only six were usable. The public 
schools there also were destroyed so education this school year is going to be 
very difficult one balancing between the remaining ones. It's been and will be 
a struggle for a long time. Certainly without power it's all the more 
difficult. It looks highly unlikely that we will get power soon, however, the 
teachers at Country Day School who didn't have a generator got one. We hope to 
get it running today. It will make life a little less trying. Wifi is the next 
big thing on the list. Here I am at a Hot Spot again today. Tomorrow we're 
planning a trip west. It looks far better today I understand. High season for 
our visitors and hardy snow birds is fast approaching. I'm sure with all the 
linesmen from several parts of the mainland working with WAPA, restoration 
should go faster.  We thank so many of you who have been so generous in kind 
thoughts, prayers and deeds. May God bless you and all of us.

Isabel

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- Sunny/Hazy Day
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:30:33 -0400
Oct. 19 - one month after Hurricane MARIA. There are tropical waves still 
coming off the coast of Africa, heading in our direction; fortunately, wind 
shear and some dry air is preventing them from forming into cyclones as the 
others. A few more storms are expected to develop during this very active 
hurricane season, we just hope they go out to the open sea without touching any 
land. There's enough suffering for this year. Is the worst yet to come though? 
I'm still thinking of the prediction of a woman, who said, "in two months 
everyone will be sick !" Sure, there's a lot of stress, everyone is aching from 
so much work cleaning up, carting water, making more trips than usual. to the  
supermarket , especially for ice, feeling too warm because there are no fans, 
coping, defending one's self from swarms of mosquitos, etc. etc.  Post 
Hurricane MARIA is no joke, 

We're looking forward to the school show  that Country Day School is going to 
have before Thanksgiving. HOW CAN WE SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE MARIA.  it's shaping 
up to be very entertaining. Good for them! May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- Sunset on 17/17 (please check yesterday's update which did not go out)
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:59:28 -0400
Oct. 18 - What a spectacular sunset we had last evening! Had to capture it for 
those of us who appreciate the wonders of God's creation. On another note, work 
had picked up speed as far as power restoration. Many detours are necessary so 
that the new utility poles can be erected and the lines installed. It's looking 
better every day. Praise the Lord! Thank you for all your prayers and support. 
May God bless you and us all.

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- HOW CAN WE SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE MARIA !!
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:56:50 -0400
Oct. 17/17- Good Hope-Country Day School is planning a Cabaret Show for the 
Fall with the above theme. They plan to make it as entertaining as possible. My 
granddaughter is in the technical dept. She will be updating us as the show 
date approaches before the Thanksgiving Day weekend. It will keep their minds 
off the stress of Post Hurricane Maria. We hope to have power well before then. 

In the meanwhile, a Flyer has been distributed  on how to "PROTECT YOURSELF AND 
YOUR FAMILY AFTER HURRICANES", 1) Use bottled water for drinking, cooking, and 
brushing teeth,  2) Be safe while cleaning up (safety gear), 3) Protect 
yourself from mosquitos, 
4) Keep your hands clean to prevent the spread of germs, 5) it is normal to 
feel fear, grief, and depression after a traumatic event.(an 800 number was 
given to call in English or Spanish if needed.) The Flyer had the same 
information in Spanish on the reverse side. 

My therapy, aside from prayer, is taking delight in the beautiful flowers, 
birds, and honey bees, etc. in our garden, knowing that they are all part of 
God's creation, working together for the common good of health and harmony, of 
which Joy is the ultimate outcome. May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- Clouds Do Speak
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:35:19 -0400
Oct. 16 - We were spared the bulk of the stormy conditions from 92L yesterday, 
however, today we even had a  Flood Alert. We were able to move between rubble 
and rain. This evening we hope to hear some encouraging words from the 
governor's Press Briefing. Surely, with the many linesmen and equipment 
arriving we should make a lot of progress
in power restoration. Our weather head seems to be in order according to our 
friend who checked it. Hope he's right, or else when the lights go on we shall 
remain in the dark longer. 
The cloud picture told us what to expect today. They do speak. 
A place of rest for body and soul in the Lower Garden is a most welcome place 
at the end of the day after all is said and done, and last, but not least, 
Benji watches patiently as Luna eats his lunch --animal therapy? We appreciate 
your kind thoughts and prayers.
May God bless you and us all.

Isabel

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- Yesterday's Sunset/ Today's Weather
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 15 Oct 2017 11:50:03 -0400
Oct. 15 - We are feeling some of the effects of 92L. Not much rain or wind as 
yet. Some tarps are loose; too much wind would be bad for them. The reality of 
the damage sinks in when one drives around. So far, everyone who saw 
Fredriksted is horrified at the destruction there. We continue going around 
getting our daily needs especially ice to keep our few supplies from spoiling 
with this heat. I was so happy to hear that my sister at Estate Golden Rock got 
power restored yesterday. Not too far from downtown, so perhaps we're next? I 
just hope our weather head is good, there was a branch sticking through if 
which we removed but are the wires intact. That will be determined by an 
electrician friend this afternoon if the weather allows him to check it. It's 
not easy to get to it. Such is life post MARIA. Soon everything will be back to 
normal and we'll have a conversation piece for the rest of our lives. May God 
bless you and "all ah we".

Isabel

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- Invest 92 L to our East
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 14 Oct 2017 12:23:19 -0400
0ct. 14- we don't need another thing to hinder the.cleanup or restoration 
process, much less a potential disturbance to destroy what has been 
accomplished. It's pitiful to see houses with blown off roofs still not covered 
with a tarp or blue roof which is more solid. 92 L is bringing very stormy 
conditions late this weekend and being rather elongated can last for a few days.
This system will eventually make it NNW away from us, but it can come too close 
to us as it passes by. Everyone is nervous when they see anything nearby. We 
were told to monitor it closely. 

During his press conference last night Governor Mapp mentioned the system to 
the east, but "nothing can be done about Mother Nature".As far as the cruise 
ships for the season, we went from 40 to 90 ships. That's a big PLUS for St. 
Croix. When this gem is discovered. The passengers usually fly in another time 
for a longer visit, others buy property and return to stay.

The good thing about this experience, in hurricane disaster mode, is the 
cheerfulness even in those who lost much. We are very grateful to be alive. May 
God bless us all.

Isabel

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- Power Restoration on the Way
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 14 Oct 2017 11:49:18 -0400
Friday, Oct.13 was a very good day. I did not make it to the Wifi hotspot as 
usual, but other things on the agenda were accomplished and I know that sooner 
than later I'll make it with the hope that I don't lose any other update. I've 
been writing every day only to find out that they did not go out.

I'm sharing photos of our current weather, soon to change by another wave 
approaching by Sunday. With the linesmen from the mainland and WAPA workers. 
progress is being made and there's word that the area where my sister lives 
should be having power restored by this weekend, that is, if the weather does 
not slow them down.

Our hometown hero, Tim Duncan, was in town over the last weekend distributing 
supplies. You can imagine the crowds just wanting to see him.

Last photo here: we were surprised by two white hibiscus flowers. A thing of 
beauty, which lasts until the end of daylight, and then forever in photos. Our 
turtles eat the leaves and the flowers, so they serve us and them.

Please stay with us in thoughts and prayers. May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- The Beat Goes On....
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 8 Oct 2017 15:39:53 -0400
Oct. 8 - A good Sunday to everyone. The "beat" - meaning, the generators, work 
noise, helicopters, and nature. Clean up is huge! Everyone who has been through 
a hurricane and it's aftermath know what all it entails.
Photos:  last evening the sun left us in the dark again, but we always manage 
to have a fun dinner. Soon we should be getting a generators so that the young 
ladies can do their homework and take a decent shower everyday. My 
granddaughter is tired of "bucket showers". This power outage can last for 
quite some time. We enjoyed the frolicking birds on the fallen sea grape tree 
this morning during breakfast. The cat is taking advantage of the empty, open, 
clean fridge downstairs to nap, and the last photo is where I should not have 
gone and fallen and now am handicap sore. I will be limping for a few days, I'm 
sure, it certainly will not keep me down! 
Thanks for all your emails. Nice to receive mail, especially at this time. May 
God bless you and all.

Isabel

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- Things are looking UP!
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 6 Oct 2017 14:15:41 -0400
Oct. 6. - The little white puff of cloud in the first photo late afternoon 
yesterday caught my attention. Otherwise, I was out at Gallows Bay area earlier 
looking for wicks, new lamp and oil, citronella candle and sticks, newspaper, 
and now for the ice bags after I leave this wifi hot spot. The kids are back at 
 school Country Day and no sooner did one kid break his collar bone playing 
football.!! Too bad ! Our teen is camping out with classmates out east at a 
family's property ! Life goes on... people are commenting on the heat and fear 
more hurricanes. Tropical Storm NATE is heading to New Orleans, so we don't 
have to worry about that one. Two other waves are out to our east. Must keep an 
eye on each one. May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- We Are Being Watched..
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 5 Oct 2017 12:33:35 -0400
Oct. 5 - Watched? So it seems. Take a look at the third photo. I see clearly 
part of a face behind a dark cloud. Maybe you can't see it. I've had a vivid 
imagination from the time I was a child. Another beautiful day today. This Wifi 
Hot Spot is more comfortable than yesterday. I don't have to be out in the hot 
sun. My husband already got ice, now I'm looking for wicks for our hurricane 
lamps. The stores should always be stocked with these items, but can 't find 
any. The same with the small propane gas for burners. When they come  in 
they're gone like hot bread. I found out, however, that we can use a small 
propane tank and attach a burner to it. We have to make sure it's done right. 
That would be a relief if we don't have to hunt for those small kitchen 
cylinders. I feel as if I'm constantly running with my heart in my throat until 
I find a moment to collapse. Don't worry though, we laugh lots. Our pets are so 
therapeutic. After dark we get together on our covered deck, light our torches, 
and lamp, prepare our dinner and sit down to great conversation mans food, 
sharing what we experienced and who we met, and so on..., but first, we listen 
to the Governor's press conference and follow up. He shortened the curfew by 
one hour from 7pm to 9am. Progress is reported as well as hang ups or setbacks. 
So far progress is winning. A friend told me she did not have power restored 
until Dec. when HUGO impacted in Sept.!! Now, hurricane MARIA was far stronger 
than HUGO. So it's to be seen how fast power will be restored this time. We are 
grateful for what we have, one day at a time. Thanks again for all your support 
and help. May God bless you and us all.

Isabel

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- Hanging In there..
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 4 Oct 2017 15:09:50 -0400
Oct 4 - G'day everyone!  Last night I took this picture of the moon over our 
deck where we have our dinner. What a gorgeous moon!  The other photos reflect 
the look everywhere. Piles of tree debris. Across the street below two uprooted 
trees, another scene that's common. Everyone lost trees. Our sea grape tree 
fell over, not uprooted and there it will remain. At least we can enjoy the 
clusters of grapes the next time instead of staring at them from below. The 
little island across from the Fort has been dark every night, not a flicker of 
generator light; an unusual sight. The Governor met with President Trump on a 
ship and held a very fruitful meeting concerning financial aid for the USVI. 
The harvest will depend on Congress. Are they going to be kind, generous, 
compassionate? Or "cantankerous, disgusting" as the Governor tends to refer to 
some people. It's a matter of time. We're seeing progress being made; we just 
have to hang on and be patient, live and try to enjoy one day at a time for 
that's all we have. Thanks, John, for the link on Solar Chargers. Very 
interesting as well as all the others offered. We definitely have to explore 
and settle for one. It could be a long while before we have electricity again. 
Rain is good, especially for the healing of the vegetation, but not too good 
now for those who lost their roofs. FEMA is working hard and fast to take care 
of everyone's needs. The daylight hours are getting shorter and it's not 
advisable to drive at night. We hope the curfew changes for the better so that 
the schools can gave a normal school day. All in good Time, as long as we don't 
get another hurricane, this year. 
A tropical wave is expect to take up most of next week. Now it's sunny and HOT. 
I'd better get going from this wifi hot spot before I roast! All the best to 
Everyone and may God bless us all. Keep smiling!

Isabel

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- Photos for SIGNS OF HOPE (previous update-Oct 3)
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 3 Oct 2017 12:47:08 -0400
Hello Again! Naked trees stripped by Hurricane MARIA are sprouting new leaves. 
It's like Springtime! The leaning tree in the middle of the turtle compound in 
the driveway is looking better everyday. It will be a conversation piece for 
years to come. Some plants were never touched as you can see. We went to Home 
Depot yesterday to buy a lawn mower but it was closed. System was down. The 
grass is growing. All the best to everyone. Thanks for your support. God bless 
us all.

Isabel

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- Signs of Hope
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 03 Oct 2017 16:33:02 +0000

Oct. 3 - G'Morning, World! We are fine, thank you, but every now and then I run into others or they in us, who did not fare as well. It makes me sad. There is a lot of help available and it's being dispensed as fast as possible. Sometimes it's a matter of waiting for a shipment. Our airport is now military until further notice. We continue to have a problem as far as identification. The Virgin Islands is usually only STT and STJ, with IRMA we were NOT DESTROYED. We were saying, "We're fine!" They insisted. Are we part of the USVI or not? STX is often disregarded, as if we don't exist. The story of our life! Then Hurricane MARIA came with a fury trying to turn the whole place upside down. Well, it managed to trash Fredriksted judging from all the eye-witness reports I've been getting. A friend of mine has a concrete house and that did well while all the houses around lost roofs and more. By the looks of it we may have to build all concrete, though, I must add that they don't do well in an earthquake. Survival is more possible in a hurricane. In spite of MARIA's relentless fury, most people survived. That's the cause of the palpable joy in the air. "God is good!" Is the call I hear, and "thank God for life". In reality there's no reason we're alive other than God spared us . Evil did not have it's way. The Divi-Divi tree sheltering the turtle compound  was pushed to over until the branches touched the ground, but did not get uprooted. My husband has been working on it to clear that side, but the tree will remain. It's looking like a Bonsai tree. I will try to attach a photo. It sometimes takes too long, if not, I'll  send a short note with photos on my other mail. We are looking for a solar charger that can charge various devices so that we don't have to use the car battery. It died on us once already with four of us charging everything we have. Please let me know if there is such a charger available. We would be making a good investment. Our very best to all of you. Keep in mind that we have to rely on Wifi Hot Spots to communicate. May God bless you and us all.

Isabel

- Sept. 30 - Recovery Phase
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 02 Oct 2017 14:59:53 +0000
G'Morning !  I know that many of you are concerned about us, especially those who have been through hurricanes and coping with the many changes and lack of electricity, etc, etc. But if we pay attention we'll notice that progress is being made daily. Patience with one's self and with others is of utmost importance. At home we are trying to keep things as cheerful as possible, always keeping our eyes on that light at the end of the tunnel. I don't think anyone here can go hungry. The National Guard is distributing food at various locations everyday. Ice would be easier to get without having to stand on a long line at a store. I understood that there was an ice plant, that ice should be distributed free of charge by the truck full. The ice in coolers is replacing the lack of refrigeration due to the power outage since MARIA. The government should do everything in it's power to provide free ice to the community. I shall try to attach some photos, but I am using a different method now since I have to go to a wifi hot spot to send this out. If not I'll send them separately. Thanks for your support, for your emails, especially your prayers. Those of you who have offered to send something that you yourselves needed if you experienced a hurricane; I can give you an address where we can safely receive items. May God bless you and all of us on these Caribbean islands as we strive to get back to normal. (I hear thunder to our south).

Isabel



- Today's Weather--SUNNY
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 1 Oct 2017 14:43:38 -0400
Sunday, Oct. 1 -- last evening/night we got a walloping Upper Level Trough 
which dropped a deluge with all the works! It was amazing ! Mother Nature 
provided quite a show except for the people who lost their roofs, and there 
were many especially in the Fredriksted area. The mahogany trees took a 
beating, many were trashed! Those trees and plants left standing are sprouting 
Kelly green leaves, a sign of hope;  however, the Bees are going crazy, no 
flowers, or rather not enough for them. They are crowding the Yellow Breast 
birds aka "Sugar Birds" at their sugar bowls. Then we set out sugar water for 
the bees and the birds like that too, so they have their plights along with all 
of us in the same boat. Food distribution will soon be discontinued as more 
stores are able to meet the needs of the general public. Each day looks better 
than the day before. The ones who lost more are going to get back what they 
need. As we look around the world we see the same picture. Disasters 
everywhere, but always those helping hands ready and willing from near and far 
away. Once again I want to thank all who have supported us in one way or 
another. May God bless you and us all.

Isabel

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- From Dave by Text
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2017 09:27:35 -0700

Good morning! 


ST. CROIX — Governor Kenneth Mapp announced during his Friday press briefing a further easing of the curfews in the St. Croix and St. Thomas-St. John districts. For St. Croix, the curfew is now 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 a.m., meaning St. Croix residents have between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. daily to conduct their business. For the St. Thomas-St. John District, the curfew is now 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.



Mr. Mapp announced that 866 people on St. Croix were accommodated on Royal Caribbean’s Adventures of the Seas cruise ship today, as part of the government’s “mercy mission” voyages. The ship left the Frederiksted dock at 5:00 p.m. today and headed to St. Thomas, where it will accommodate more persons before making a two-day trip to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Once there, mercy mission passengers are to make their own way.


In a press conference on Monday to be held in St. Thomas, Attorney General Claude Walker, along with the Medical Examiner’s Office, will reveal for the first time the identity of those who died as a result of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Mr. Mapp said the death toll, once said to be 7, had been reduced to 5, following autopsy results.


While the governor expressed sympathy to the families of those who died, he lauded residents’ heeding of warnings to either prepare themselves or evacuate their homes, stating that the small number of deaths and trauma served as a testament to their preparation.


“I cannot say that it’s five [deaths] in two hurricanes without saying that that’s still — for the kind of winds that went through the V.I. and the kinds of destruction that we suffered, to lose five souls and to not have a lot of trauma — is amazing,” Mr. Mapp said.


On a sad note, a Virgin Islands National Guard soldier was killed in St. Thomas on Thursday, according to Adjutant General Deborah Howell. The soldier, Private First Class Kyjuan Naughton, 21, was killed in the Smith Bay area while off duty. Private Naughton joined the V.I. National Guard in December 2014 and served honorably with the 661st Military Police Detachment, according to Adjt. Gen. Howell. She relayed the news to Private Naughton’s family on Thursday, and said that, “It is the most difficult charge as a commander to relay the news of losing a service member.”


Private Naughton’s death has been deemed a homicide, and the V.I.P.D. along with its federal partners are investigating the incident. The governor, along with William Vogel, federal coordinating officer of FEMA Region II and V.I.P.D. Commissioner Delroy Richards, expressed condolences to Private Naughton’s family.



 

Below, find the other important updates from Mr. Mapp’s Friday press briefing.


The Department of Planning and Natural will begin regulation of non-permitted generators and air pollution control where these generators are being used. Homes utilizing these non-permitted generators are allowed to operate from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily. Operation thereafter would be violation of law and persons found wanting will be subject to penalty. D.P.N.R. enforcement teams will be out in neighborhoods enforcing the regulation, according to Mr. Mapp.

Distribution Centers will open from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. Saturday on St. Croix only.

The governor will host a joint press conference next week with cruise line CEOs to discuss the potential for cruise ships to resume visits to both St. Thomas and St. Croix.

The governor said weather forecasts predict thunderstorms and heavy rainfall in the territory through Sunday, and urged residents to take precautionary measures.

No more meals ready to eat (MREs) will be coming into the territory, the governor said, stressing his administration’s efforts to move to the recovery stage following the two disasters. In light of this, distribution centers, beginning next week, will open four days a week for four hours a day.

The territory’s leader stressed that displaced residents currently staying at shelters should not worry about being put out. He said while the government is aiming for an October 9 school reopening for the St. Thomas-St. John District, and will need the Lockhart Elementary School to accommodate students, housing would first be arranged for those in shelters.

The governor said the Blue Roof Project will kick off in a big way on Saturday, and promised to give more details during his Saturday briefing.

The University of the Virgin Islands suffered heavy damage to both of its campuses. Even so, the institution of higher learning said all of its facilities are expected to be cleaned, restored and ready for operations in two weeks – approximately Oct. 9. Some classes may resume even sooner, depending on the restoration of permanent power and internet communications. UVI will utilize some traditional classes, but also online courses. UVI will also utilize YouTube to upload lectures.

Department of Labor Commissioner Catherine Hendry announced that the Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (D.U.A.) has been extended to St. Thomas and St. John residents for Hurricane Irma. The D.U.A. applies to persons who have lost their jobs, live in St. Thomas and St. John, or have been displaced by Hurricane Irma. D.O.L.’s requirements for the D.U.A. requires that an individual does not qualify for regular unemployment benefits; individuals and small business owners who have lost incomes due to Hurricane Irma; individuals prevented from working due to an injury caused by the disaster; individuals who have become the sole supporter of the household due to a disaster-related death or injury of another family member; individuals who are unable to reach their places of employment because of the disaster.

D.O.L. offices in the St. Thomas-St. John are open on week days to process claims. These claims must be filed by Monday, October 30. D.O.L. is calling a meeting that all St. Croix employees are expected to attend on Monday, October 2 at the St. Croix Dept. of Labor at 11:00 a.m.

The V.I.P.D. will continue to enforcing the curfew, according to Mr. Richards. He said 6 persons — among them a store owner and security officer — were arrested on Thursday. The commissioner also noted a rise in domestic violence incidents.

Department of Health said it’s formulating a plan to return medical evacuees to the territory, as the recovery process continues to take shape.

Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) teams will be offering registration services from 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. at the Old Post Office in Christiansted on Saturday.

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

- Update from Dave
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2017 15:37:10 -0700

Radar down both sites in Puerto Rico so I accessed NOAA Satellite image. This is what is around us. Lots of heavy rain like we need more after Maria. As I informed you previously flash flood watch is now an advisory and will be a warning soon. Coming up from SSE so its gonna be around a bit. Please take all necessary precautions. Tonight and tomorrow morning is gonna be ugly again rain and flooding wise. Be safe all.


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

- Update from Sandra by Text
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2017 07:53:17 -0700
Ziggys gas station got part. Selling gas yesterday from 12-4. Open today. Cash only. East side doing better.
Bunkers is not delivering to homes. Small generators need to get diesel from smaller delivers . Most on east side got word out.


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

- Update from Dave - Electricity and Water
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2017 07:00:53 -0700

VIA VI Consortium


Here’s the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority’s latest power and potable restoration update post-Hurricanes Irma and Maria.


ELECTRIC SYSTEM

Emergency call centers on St. Thomas & St. Croix will go live on Wednesday. The centers will operate from 7 a.m. – 11 p.m., seven days a week. The call centers are the primary means by which customers can advise the Authority of isolated service interruptions once crews have begun restoration work in various neighborhoods and communities.  To contact the Emergency Call Center on St. Croix, call 340-773-0150, and on St. Thomas – St. John the call center’s telephone number is 340-774-1424. The activation of the call centers was delayed due to telecommunications challenges.

WAPA announces limited hours of operation at the St. Croix Customer Services office at Sunny Isle. The office will be open each weekday day from 12 noon – 3:30 pm. These hours may be adjusted based on the curfew. Customer service hours on St. Thomas and St. John are suspended pending a relocation of offices. The Four Winds Plaza location on St. Thomas was heavily damaged by the hurricanes.

WAPA is finalizing the mobilization for 240 linemen from the United States to assist in the restoration efforts. The additional manpower and equipment will be arriving on island over the next few days.

WAPA is expected to take inventory and stage a major movement of supplies from the shipping port to our storage facilities and to some work areas this week. This shipment includes additional poles, cable and other equipment.

WAPA continues to work jointly with Viya, the Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority, and the Department of Public Works on a clean-up initiative across the territory.

 Work continued on St. Croix Tuesday to re-energize customers in downtown Christiansted, and Frederiksted from the Midland substation to the Paul E. Joseph Stadium.   In addition, the hangar and FAA control tower at Rohlsen airport has been energized. Crews also planted new poles for lines going into the Hannah’s Rest community. Clean up crews made significant progress on the roadways leading to both the Central High School campus and the John H. Woodson, Jr. High School.

 On St. Thomas, the crews are working on the “A” Feeders: 6A, 7A, 8A and 9A. Work will also continue through the end of the week to restore electrical service to the Superior Court, VI Police Callwood Command and the Bureau of Corrections at the Farrelly Justice Center. Crews also energized Third, Eighth and Ninth Streets in Sugar Estate while clean-up crews were on Second Street. Feeder 6A was partially energized as was parts of Contant Towers. Additional buildings in the Harris Court housing community were also energized Tuesday, more should be fully restored this week.

POTABLE WATER SYSTEM

 We are building additional storage on all three islands slowly. St. John has four days of emergency storage, St. Thomas three days, and St. Croix three days.

The Concordia potable water pump station on St. Croix is on line.  Overnight, the Kingshill tank should begin to build storage and the west end of the island should begin to receive potable water service.

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

- WIFI HOT SPOTS
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2017 11:53:36 -0400
Sept. 26- update #2. 
Hello again! No WIFI, no connection. I've writing anyway, so I went into 
cyberspace and will go out as soon as WIFI is available. That being the case 
you will receive them all in one pkg so scroll down. I just hope they did not 
get lost. The Governor has promised to set up hot spots so that the public can 
communicate. At the moment there is a very generous man in our neighborhood who 
has made this service available for the short duration of Time available from 
noon to 4:00 when the curfew is lifted. I hope I can get mail and updates up. 
(Today's weather reflected in the photos). Thanks again for thinking of us. May 
God bless us all.

Isabel

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- Day 6 of HURRICANE MARIA's Aftermath
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2017 08:04:48 -0400
Sept. 26 - G'Morning! Ready to face today's challenges! Yesterday is gone , but 
the photos reflect some of it. I was appalled at the size of the catastrophe as 
we drove first to Waste Management to dispose of whatever waste we had. We saw 
much destruction and long lines for gas; at Diamond Pharmacy we found out that 
the doctor's message to fill the prescription was not received. However, having 
bought it there some time before, it was still on file and he could get it. We 
would have to wait for an hour if we were lucky. So we went to the bank across 
the way to get the 3 digit amount we would need without co-pay. The line to the 
one functioning ATM was wide and long. We heard interesting things: the west 
was the worst hit with most roofs gone, containers were floating everywhere, 
cars had been sent flying high at the Refinery landing wherever. This worker 
said they spent the whole day taking them down. The stories grow with each 
account. At the ATM the machine did not recognize the code so we went into the 
bank when we learned that we could get advance cash with another card. Whew! 
Another line at the pharmacy, but we managed to get the medication and head for 
a store to buy fresh food. We soon discovered that we were way too tired for 
that so we collapsed at home so happy to be back ! Please continue to pray for 
us as we meet each day's challenges. Thank you and may God bless you and us all.

Isabel

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- From Dave
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2017 08:05:49 -0700

VIA VI Consortium

ST. CROIX — Governor Kenneth Mapp, along with his administration’s department and agency heads and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) representatives, gave the following updates at the governor’s Monday press conference, held at Government House on St. Croix.

Commercial flights will begin at the Cyrile E. King Airport on Thursday. Jetblue, American Airlines, Delta and possibly United Airlines, will all resume paid flights (not mercy trips) to and from the territory. The governor said interested persons should contact the airlines for more information. Flights begin as early as 9:30 a.m., and the airlines are asking passengers to be at the airport four hours before takeoff. Customs clearance will be done at the passenger’s destination, as some functionality at the St.Thomas airport remain suspended because of damage the facility sustained from Hurricane Irma. V.I.P.D. officers have been notified that persons will be leaving the territory, and should therefor not be barred — once proof is ascertained — from heading to the airport during curfew hours.

The government is aiming to reopen the St. Croix airport sometime next week, with a solid date to be divulged in an upcoming press conference.

No news on mercy missions today. On Sunday, the governor said interested persons should continue dialing the number to book the free trip until someone answers (340-772-0357).

Mr. Mapp announced a “permanent” curfew for St. Croix beginning Tuesday, which the governor said will give residents a sense of normalcy, as well as allow businesses to operate. The curfew on St. Croix is 4:00 p.m. to 12 noon. This means for the coming days and until a change is announced by the governor, St. Croix residents will be allowed to conduct their business between the hours of 12 noon and 4:00 p.m. The curfew on St.  Thomas remains the same: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.

The governor said the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority is aiming to have 90 percent of the territory powered by Christmas. WAPA has executed agreements with 40 crews in other U.S. jurisdictions, for a total of 240 linemen to help with power restoration. The governor said WAPA was working on executing a $24 million contract for the various companies, and is receiving support from the federal government relative to transportation of the linemen and their equipment. Mr. Mapp said he did not want to delay the restoration of power to the territory by simultaneously undertaking the task of putting the territory’s power lines underground, but stressed that discussions with federal partners would continue on the matter.

The territory’s leader spoke of accelerating the Blue Roof Project on St. Croix. He said the aim of his administration is to assure that residents whose roofs were lost during Hurricane Maria, don’t get wet when rain falls.

So far, USVI Recovery, the official website created by the government to accept monetary donations for the territory’s recovery effort, has raised roughly $1.4 million, the governor said. Mr. Mapp will host a press conference on Monday to announce a task for, now dubbed the “Virgin Islands Hurricane Recovery Task Force”, whose main focus will be to determine how the funds collected will be spent. The task force will include businesses leaders territory-wide, among other individuals.

 All government employees — to include executive branch, department and agency leaders — must check-in, not by email or phone but in person with the government no later than Friday at 5:00 p.m. The directive does not apply to employees on sick or administrative leave. Mr. Mapp said failure of these employees to check-in by Friday, will result in their placement of leave without pay effective Monday.

Government employees will receive their pay Thursday, however overtime will not be included in Thursday’s payroll. The governor acknowledged that first responders may be disappointed, but he said the government would work on a supplemental payroll, or include the overtime in upcoming paydays. He said the issue was not money, but rather the lack of connectivity with the ERP payment system because of damage wrought by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and therefore departments and agencies were unable to submit data.

Dept. of Health evacuated 13 patients on Monday, 6 of whom were dialysis patients. On Sunday, the department evacuated 63 patients, 12 of whom were dialysis patients, and on Saturday, the department evacuated 27 patients, among them were no dialysis patients.

WIC checks are now available for St. Croix clients. These checks are being accepted at Plaza Extra East and Plaza Extra West. D.O.H. will continue to assess the ability of other vendors to process the WIC checks.

D.O.H. has organized a disaster stress helpline. Call 1-800-985-5990, press “2” for Spanish. The free, confidential and bilingual service is also available through SMS (text “TalkWithUs” for English and “Hablanos” for Spanish to 1-212-461-4635).

Pharmacies on St. Croix that are open include Mt. Welcome East (across from the Canegata Ballpark), Diamond Pharmacy (mid-island), and Neighborhood Pharmacy in Frederiksted.

AT&T and Sprint technicians were to arrive in the territory late Monday, the governor said, to work on cellphone service. Mr. Mapp said he would suspend “all tongue-lashing” until the technicians had completed their jobs, but reiterated his displeasure with intermittent cellphone service from the aforementioned carriers in certain parts of the territory — even as cellphone bills remain the same.

The Virgin Islands Next Generation Network (viNGN) and the Bureau of Information Technolgy (BIT) were still working on WiFi hot spots for St. Croix. Viya, however, has established its first WiFi hot spot at Plaza Extra West, and is working on providing internet in downtown Frederiksted and Christiansted, as well as Sunny Isle, according to a release the company issued late Monday.

Some 22 individuals arrested for curfew violations in the St. Thomas-St. John District were being arraigned, the governor said, citing Attorney General Claude Walker.

Distribution Centers on St. Thomas will open tomorrow from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The locations are the Bovoni Center, Boardeaux Fire Station, kirwan Terrace, Brown Fire Station near the Barbel Plaza, Dorothea Fire Station, Eudora Kean High School, Anna’s Retreat and Tutu Fire Station, according to the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) Director, Mona Barnes.

Over 12,00 meals were distributed at the St. Croix distribution centers today: 2,893 at the Juanita Gardine School, 2,427 at the St. Croix Educational Complex, 3,535 at the Eulalie Rivera School, 2,126 at the Alexander Henderson School, and 1,951  at the the Cotton Valley Fire Station, for a total or 12,934 delivered meals on St. Croix today.

So far, FEMA has delivered 3.6 million meals, 1.3 million litters of water, 18 infant toddler kits (each kit feeds 10 infants for an entire week, according to FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer William Vogel), 28,000 tarps and 28 generators. Today, FEMA received an additional 103,000 meals, 120,000 litters of water, and 14,000 tarps.

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

- Update from Dave
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2017 07:46:55 -0700

Good morning! Post office stuff:

The following is an official update from the Postal Service regarding operations in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico for Tuesday, September 26.

USVI:  

ST. JOHN

The Cruz Bay Post Office will be provide handout of mail service on Tuesday, September 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Packages and mail are being transported to St John for availability. There will be no retail service (stamps, money orders, shipping) available.  This particular post office is located at 100 Vesper Gade. 

ST. THOMAS

Additional quantities of packages and mail are being transported to St Thomas for Tuesday availability.  

The Charlotte Amalie Post Office will provide mail and package pickup for customers whose addresses include the ZIP codes 00801, 00802, and 00803

Havensight Station has been providing mail for post office box addresses with ZIP Code 00802.

Customers are now directed to Havensight also for mail handout for customers in the ZIP Code 00804, served by the Emancipation Gardens office.

East End /Tutu Mall continues handout for addresses in ZIP Code 00805    


ST.CROIX

There is no service yet on St Croix.


PUERTO RICO

There will be no postal services in Puerto Rico on Tuesday.

However, on Tuesday, the Postal Service is asking postal employees to return to work to support the Postal Service’s recovery effort, deeming it an important start on the road to service.

On Tuesday in the San Juan processing plant:

All tour 2 employees report at the normal time on Tuesday.

All tour 3 employees report at 10 am.

All tour 1 employees by 6 am.

That is all employees of the plant, including managers and supervisors.

Outside of the processing plant, all postmasters, supervisors and managers are asked to report to work at their regular duty location and post office. Their help is needed to assess conditions and to assist in locating postal employees. No other employees should report to work, but all are asked to check-in by phone or in person at one of six area offices open for check-in purposes.  “The welfare of our employees is essential for our recovery to service,” the Postal Service said.

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

- Lots of useful info, received from Dave on STT.
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:03:13 -0700

Good afternoon!!! 

So I heard today STT has 2 days of diesel and a weeks worth of gas. This coming from a station manager of one of the two terminals. Hmmmm... PR distribution wrecked. Anyway....


VIA WGOST

PR/STT/STJ/STX

not sure if this will help or not, i am looking for the ferry and ships schedule, will post if i find them 


~~~ UPDATE.....PUERTO RICO: LOCATE FAMILY:

PR Islands Disaster Relief Team at: Maria at prfaa.pr.com

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**202-800-3133

**202-778-0710

787-777-0940

877-976-2400

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PUERTO RICO: EMERGENCY #s:

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AEMEAD: 787-724-0124 ( Emergency & Disaster Mgt);

AEE: 787-521-3434 ( Electric & Power);

DTOP: 787-787-9918 / 787-225-1539 ( Transportation & Public Works);

FIRE DEPT: 787-343-2330

RED CROSS: 787-758-8150

POLICE: 787-343-2020

AAA: 787-620-2482

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UPDATED: SEPT. 24, 2017................ 8:00 PM:

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******** INFORMATION CONTACT NUMBERS *********

VITEMA – (EOC)............................INFORMATION / LOCATE PEOPLE:

STT: 340-774-2244 

St. Croix: 1-340-773-2244

St. John: 1-340-776-2244

STJ RESCUE LINE: 340 – 772 - 9111

STT RESCUE LINE: 340 -776 - 9110

STT 911 CENTER: 340 – 772 - 9111 ( Option1 ) / 9 11

FEMA: 800-621-3362 / 7:00 AM-11:00 PM Local time/ (Mon-Sun)...Multi-Lingual / www.DisasterAssistance.Gov/es

RED CROSS HELPLINE/ FAMILY REUNIFICATION AID: 1-800-733-2767 / 340-774-0375.

VI HAM RADIO: Operators located at the Virgin Islands Territory Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) are utilizing the 60M Radio Band/CH2 (5346.5 USB) to coordinate emergency communications.

***FEMA: 800-621-3362 / 7:00 AM-11:00 PM Local time/ (Mon-Sun)...Multi-Lingual / www.DisasterAssistance.Gov/es

***FEMA APP ( Fema.gov): https://www.fema.gov/disaster/ 4340 ( US Virgin Islands Hurricane MARIA = DR 4340 )

FEMA APP: https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-irma...... ( IRMA = DR 4335 )

FEMA EMERGENCY LODGING ASSISTANCE: will pay for hotels. Contact: FEMA ELA program 1-866-545-9865.

DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE: 1-877-872-5627 / https://www.benefits.gov

VI DIVISION OF UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE: 340-776-3700 (8:00 am – 5:00 pm).

FREE DISASTER LEGAL SERVICES HOTLINE: 1-800-310-7029 (VI ): (10:00 AM- 5:00 PM/ M-F).

VETERANS ASSISTANCE: Care & Meds: 800-507-4571 / Compensation & Pension Benefit Checks: 800-827-1000.

FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER: 340-776-3966.............2317 Commandante Gade – STT.

CARIBBEAN KIDNEY CENTER - STX - Dialysis

VITRAN provides Free Transport - CALL: 340-773-1290

MED TRANSPORT in Red Hook on STT: Call 911 or VHF Radio Channel 16.

T S A ( AIRPORT SECURITY ): 1-866- 289-9673

U.S. CITIZENS - NEEDING EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE:

U.S. State Dept: IrmaemergencyUSC at state.gov

Submit Your Info: 1-888-407-4747 and 1-202-501-4444.

SOURCES FOR NEWS:

Radio Stations: 100.3 FM / 93.5 FM / 1340 AM (340-777-4500/774-1340)

VITEMA.

GOV HOUSE.

VI CONSORTIUM

USVI -NEWS UPDATE: 340-772-0357

THE DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM.

WTJ X VIRGIN ISLANDS PUBLIC BROADCASTING SYSTEM ( FB PAGE)

INFORM USVI.

ONLINE: “V.I. SOURCE” / stthomassource.com & facebook) / 340-228-8784

RADIO STATION: 340-773-9951

GENERATOR REPAIR: VI INTERNATIONAL: 340-643-7310

GAS: PARADISE GAS: 340-693-8848 / ANTILLES GAS: 340-227-8535 / STT GAS: 340-714-4144

***FERRY SERVICE : 340-776-6412 and 340-776-6282 (STT / STJ )

340-473-1322 ( STX )

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PRIVATE TRANSPORT:

EAST END EXCURSIONS: 1-787-860-3434

INTERISLAND BOAT SERVICES: 340-776-6597

THE “TORTUGA” : 787-439-1672 / 772-333-9383

CARIBBEAN SEA ADVENTURES: 340-773-2628

CARIBE BLISS: 787-439-1672

BLACK PEARL: 833-226-2884

DOLPHIN WATER TAXI ( for updates to resume service): 340-774-262

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CAPITAL AIR: 340-998-8654

CAPE AIR: 1-800-352-0714

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US COAST GUARD ( STT) : 340-776-3497

VIPA: 340-714-6630

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TAXI SERVICE: 340-626-7805 ( USE-WHATSAPP & Text, if no answer) 

CYRIL KING AIRPORT: 340-774-5100

VIYA: 340-777-8492

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SHIPPING COMPANIES:

STT CARGO: 305-887-9555 ( Vernon Araujo) / 340-776-8660 

VICARGO: 305-863-0081 / 340-778-6331.

TROPICAL SHIPPING: 561-881-3900 / (800) 638-8767.

CARIBTRANS: (305) 696-1200. (STT Agent: 340-513-0922)

CROWLEY SHIPPING: 305-463-4817 / 1-800-276-9539.

FEDERAL EXPRESS – STT: 1-800-463-3339

UPS - STT: 340-776-1700

HUMANE SOCIETY: 340-643-0796

ISLAND DOG RESCUE: 757-679-4327

WAPA: MAIN No: 340-773-2250

EMERGENCY NO: STT – 340-774-1424

EMERGENCY NO: STX: 340-773-0150

VI DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH: 340-718-1311 / 340-774-9100

VI DEPT. OF LABOR: 340-776-3700 / www.vidol.gov

OFFICE OF LT. GOVERNOR: 340-774-7166 / ltg.gov.vi

VI WASTE MGT AUTHORITY: 340-715-9100

SCHNEIDER REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER: 340-776-8311

ROTARY CLUB: 340-643-3869

USVI POLICE DEPT: 340-778-2211

VIBE: BOARD OF EDUCATION: 340-774-4546

VI DEPT. OF HUMAN SERVICES: 340-774-0930

VI RESOURCE CENTER FOR DISABLED: 340-777-2253

UNITED WAY OF USVI: 340-774-3185 / 340-714-3158

UNIVERSITY OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS ( STT ) : 340-776-9200

USVI MEDICAID: 340-774-0930 / 340-715-6929

EBT CARD VI – CUSTOMER SERVICE: 866-884-2868

SNAP PROGRAM ( STT ): 340-773-2323

VI CONSUMER PROTECTION OFFICES: 340-773-2226 / 340-714-3522

US VI GOVERNMENT HOUSE: 340-774-0001

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VI POSTAL SERVICE /OFFICES: 

Veteran's Annex: 340-774-1950

Havensight: 340-776-9897

Emmancipation Gardens: 340-774-3750

East End: 340-775-7354

Charlotte Amalie: 340-774-1950

AIR / SEA COMMERCIAL TRANSPORT:

SEABORNE AIR: 1-866-359-8784 / 1-800-359-8687

CAPITAL AIR: 340-998-8654

AMERICAN AIRLINES: 800-433-7300

DELTA AIR: 800-241-4141 ( Intern'l) & 800-221-1212 ( Dom)

SPIRIT AIR: 801-401-2222 / 1-800-772-7117

CAPE AIR: 1-800-352-0714

JET BLUE: 1-800-538-2583

UNITED AIRLINES: 1-800-864-8331

RCCL Phone: 1 (800) 256-6649 ( Royal Caribbean )

NCL Phone: 1 (866) 234-7350 ( Norweigan Cruise Lines)

CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE: Phone: 1-800-764-7419

-----MOBILE PHONE PROVIDERS:

ATT: 800-331-0500

340-777-7776 / 340-777-2355

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BOOST MOBILE: 866- 402-7366

340-777-2355

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SPRINT: 888-945-6478

340-776-0770

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VERIZON: 800-922-0204

340-776-0770

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T-MOBILE: T-Mobile Phone: 611

Other: 877-746-0909

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VIRGIN MOBILE: VM Phone: 611

888-877-8443

340-775-1024

340-777-3144

STORM AFTERMATH COMMUNICATION OPTIONS: 

*** MSG PEOPLE TO.....ALWAYS REBOOT DEVICES......BEFORE EACH COMMUNICATION........SO IT CAN SEARCH FOR NEAREST WORKING TOWER:

1. iPHONES: FACETIME

2: ANY DEVICE: FACEBOOK MESSENGER

3. ANY DEVICE: FACEBOOK AUDIO MESSENGER

4. APP: WHATSAPP.

5. APP: IMO

6. APP: ZELLA ( Walkie/Talkie)

7. LEAVE a MESSAGE on Your Voicemail..... so people calling your device can know HOW & WHERE you are: don't need service to do this.

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SHELTERS: STT.

KNUD HANSEN COMPLEX

LOCKHART SCHOOL

BERTHA C. BOSCHULTE MIDDLE SCHOOL

IVANNA EUDORA KEAN HS

ROY LESTER SCHNEIDER MEDICAL CENTER ( SPECIAL NEEDS).

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ST.JOHN SHELTERS:

✖️Guy Benjamin School 

✖️Bethany Moravian Church.

ST. CROIX SHELTERS:

✖️The Herbert Grigg Home, 

✖️Canegata Recreation Center

✖️The St. Croix Educational Center

***Charles Harwood Medical Complex ( Special Needs)

WAPA.......................7:00 AM - 11:00 PM

MAIN No: 340-773-2250

EMERGENCY NO: STT – 340-774-1424

EMERGENCY NO: STX: 340-773-0150

….................LOOKING & INFO PAGES:

*STT https://www.facebook.com/groups/203829013487699/

STJ https://www.facebook.com/groups/1906776062980950/

BVI https://www.facebook.com/groups/1460024590745354/

…...................LISTS:

MARIA – STT MISSING PPL LIST

VI SAFE: People Safe

IRMA SAFETY CHECK: People Safe

WHAT'S GOING ON WATER ISLAND.

WHAT'S GOING ON ST. THOMAS

MARK YOURSELF SAFE IN PUERTO RICO

WHAT'S GOING ON ST. CROIX

NEWS OF ST. JOHN / ST. JOHN ' ROLL CALL'

ST. JOHN RESCUE, INC.

DisasterAssistance.gov

Acceso a la Asistencia por Desastre y Recursos

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

- Fuel Distribution
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 07:46:43 -0700
Just received from Sandra by text:

Stx east getting generator fuel from bunkers. Everyone must go to bunkers office by natural gas building and pay cash if not have clean prior account to get on delivery list. Driver dose not take payments. Please share,

We got our fuel at 6:30 am. We set it up Sunday.

Ziggy Gas Station part coming this morning. Hope to get car fuel soon. [9:45AM PDT Update: Ziggy not fixing part till after 4pm. If all goes well might pump fuel tomorrow]

Bank of STX Gallows Bay should be open today 12 noon to 4. Limited service. Debit cards only at limited stores

Everyone working well together on east side,

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

- More from Dave
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Sat, 23 Sep 2017 19:56:38 -0700

Wapa


NEWS RELEASE

www.viwapa.vi

September 22, 2017

 

HURRICANE RESTORATION UPDATE

 

ELECTRIC SYSTEM

 

·   There is limited electricity being distributed on St. Thomas. Portions of five feeders are presently energized. WAPA is also providing electrical service to the Cyril E. King Airport and Schneider Regional Medical Center. Crews worked in the following areas on Friday: Lindbergh Bay, PG Gas / GERS, Estate Thomas and the Oswald Harris Court housing community .

 

·   On St. Croix, the Rohlsen airport has been re-energized and we continue to provide service to the Gov Juan F. Luis Hospital. Crews were deployed Friday to begin the clean-up of fallen poles, transmission lines and other damaged electrtical equipment.

 

·   Assessments will be made over the next few days to determine the extent of damage to WAPA distribution systems. Restoration plans for both districts will then be developed and made public once the damage assessment process is completed. The restoration plans cannot be developed until the conclusion of the assessment phase.

 

·   While the damage assessment is being conducted, WAPA has mapped out a tentative schedule of preliminary reconstruction of the distribution system over the next few weeks.

 

o   On St. Thomas, work will be focused on the “A” feeders which run from mid-town to the west end. Over the next few weeks, crews will work on the paths of Feeders 6 A to the west end, 7A to Estate Altona, 8A and 9A into Savan, all extending outwards from the Harley plant. 

 

o   On St. Croix, the focus will be on Feeders 1A which powers the downtown Christiansted area, and on the path of Feeder 8B which runs from the Midland Substation through Estates Whim and Carlton up to the Frederiksted Ballpark on the west end of the island.

 

·   By the middle of next week, a shipment of additional inventory including about 1,300 poles will arrive on St. Thomas as the reconstruction work begins to take shape.

 

·   WAPA is now working in concert with Viya, the V.I. Waste Management Authority and the Department of Public Works on a clean-up initiative. This strategy is aimed at clearing the roadways of fallen cables, poles and other hardware and allowing both utilities to scrap the damaged equipment while WMA will gain access to public dump sites for regular waste hauling. In many instances, public dumping sites have been blocked by downed power and telecommunications cable and hardware.

 

·   Emergency call centers will be activated in both island districts on Monday. More information will be provided over the weekend on these call centers which will be the primary means by which residents can report service interruptions once restoration begins.

 

POTABLE WATER

 

·   There are three days of emergency water storage on St. John. Potable water service is available throughout Cruz Bay.

 

·   There are two days of emergency water storage on St. Thomas. Potable water service has been restored to all communities on the island’s east end. Service is also available to Estate Thomas, Bakkeroe and Government Hill. Service will be restored to Savan, Bergs Home, and Contant Knolls over the next few days.

 

·   There are two days of emergency water storage on St. Croix. Plant electricians on Friday installed electrical service to the Seven Seas water production plants. Water distribution crews are commissioning newly installed generators at the Contentment Pump Station which will replenish water storage at the Kingshill tank and allow for water service to become available to communities toward the west end of the island.

 

 

# # #

HURRICANE MARIA SURVIVORS IN ST. JOHN AND ST. THOMAS MAY APPLY FOR FEMA DISASTER ASSISTANCE

News / Virgin Islands / September 23, 2017


ST. CROIX — Hurricane Maria survivors in St. John and St. Thomas (including Water Island) may now register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA announced today. Saturday’s amendment to the major disaster declaration for the U.S. Virgin Islands for Hurricane Maria makes FEMA Individual Assistance available to eligible individuals and families on those two islands, FEMA said.



As a result of today’s amendment, survivors on all U.S. Virgin Islands may now apply for FEMA assistance if they sustained uninsured or underinsured property damage because of Hurricane Maria.


Virgin Islanders in St. John and St. Thomas were already eligible to apply for assistance as a result of the September 7 disaster declaration for Hurricane Irma.


“We know many individuals and families in the Virgin Islands are struggling as a result of these powerful hurricanes and we want you to know that help is available,” said Federal Coordinating Officer William Vogel. “Registering is the first step to help get you on the path to a variety of recovery programs.”


Registration can be done online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, in Spanish at www.DisasterAssistance.gov/es, or by phone at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362.


The toll-free telephone numbers operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice. Operators are standing by to assist survivors in English, Spanish and many other languages.


Due to power outages, FEMA will also be working with the territory to make options available for disaster survivors to register in person. More information will be forthcoming on that effort.


Federal disaster assistance helps eligible applicants with home repairs, uninsured personal property losses and medical, dental and funeral expenses caused by the disaster. It also helps cover other disaster-related expenses and other needs.


Survivors should contact their insurance company to file an insurance claim. FEMA is unable to duplicate insurance payments. However, those without insurance or who may be underinsured may still receive help after their insurance claims have been settled.


Survivors will be asked to provide:


Social Security number

Address of the damaged home or apartment

Description of the damage

Information about insurance coverage

A current contact telephone number

An address where they can get mail

Bank account and routing numbers if they want direct deposit of any financial assistance

Survivors who have already registered with FEMA and have questions or concerns may call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362



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

- USVI Update
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Sat, 23 Sep 2017 19:10:10 -0700
More from Dave....


VIA VI Consortium


BREAKING NEWS


ST. CROIX — At Governor Kenneth Mapp’s third press conference following Hurricane Maria to update the territory on his administration’s recovery and relief efforts, the following details were divulged.



Residents and visitors looking to leave the territory on a mercy cruise (a cruise line will arrive in the territory late next week with the capacity to carry about 2,000 passengers, according to Mr. Mapp), or a mercy flight, should call 340-772-0357, as the Dept. of Tourism is ready to start taking inventory.


The governor again temporarily lifted the 24-hour curfew on St. Croix on Sunday, which he said would allow those in the faith-based community to worship their god. He asked that religious persons pray for the recovery of the territory. The temporary curfew lift begins at 12 noon and ends at 4:00 p.m.


St. Thomas’s airport should reopen between Thursday and Friday next week for limited commercial flights. The governor will give an update on the status of the St. Croix airport — which remains closed — next week.


The Blue Roof Project started in earnest today, with the first roof being installed in Anna’s Retreat (Old Tutu), in St. Thomas.

8,245 people were furnished with meals ready to eat (MREs), as well as water, at the five St. Croix distribution centers today. According to Adjutant General of the V.I. National Guard, Deborah Howell, 1,576 persons were furnished at Alexander Henderson School, 2,533 at the Juanita Gardine School, 2,029 at the Eulalie Rivera School, 600 at the Cotton Valley Fire Station, and 2,097 at the St. Croix Educational Complex.

Dept. of Health is offering baby bed nets. Call 340-712-6245 to request one.


Dept. of Health, accompanied by V.I. National Guardsmen, will visit USVI patients currently in Puerto Rico, and link them with their loved ones in the territory.


V.I.P.D. Commissioner Delroy Richards said the curfew will continue to be enforced, and announced the following arrests for violation of the regulation: Shaun Miller, 37; Juvanni Roach, 30, and Kester Clersont, 26. Mr. Richards said a number of criminal incidents were reported today, and that the department would continue to respond to them. He said incidents in St. Thomas and St. John had subsided significantly, and acknowledged the help of additional law enforcement from the U.S. mainland, the presence of the V.I. National Guard, as well as soldiers from the U.S. who are here as part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mission, for their support.


Working with FEMA, the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority was able to turn on potable water for residents living on the west side of the island.

FEMA warned against persons who may show up at the homes of residents affected by the storms claiming to be representatives of the federal agency. William Vogel, federal coordinating officer of FEMA Region II, said FEMA representatives wear an official FEMA badge, they never ask for money, and FEMA does not work with contractors so there’s no such thing as a FEMA-approved contractor. If you detect fraud, call the FEMA fraud hotline at 866-720-5721.


More meals and water are arriving in the territory, Mr. Vogel said, revealing today that a C17 aircraft with 200,000 meals and 150,000 liters of water, along with a civilian 767 Boeing aircraft loaded with tarps had arrived in the USVI. On its way here was another C17 aircraft carrying hygienic items, as well baby food and other baby items.


So far 5,455 people have registered for federal assistance for Hurricane Irma, and 901 for Hurricane Maria. You may signup here, or call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Individuals who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.


Two vessels, one of them the Celebration cruise ship, will arrive in the territory in the coming days, with the Celebration serving as a home for FEMA first responders.


Dept. of Property and Procurement (DPP), currently seeking contractors for debris cleanup, signed contracts on Saturday night at Government House with a number of the local waste haulers, among them Bates Trucking and Just Right Trucking. DPP Commissioner Lloyd Bough Jr. said between 6 and 7 contracts with local contractors were signed tonight. Mr. Mapp reminded that the government can only sign contracts with licensed companies.


The BCB Middle School shelter in St. Thomas was permanently closed, and the shelter’s 7 remaining occupants were transferred to the Lockhart Elementary School shelter, which now has a total of 266 occupants, according to Dept. of Human Services Commissioner Felecia Blyden. The Knud Hansen facility, as of Saturday, housed 47 occupants. On St. Croix, the Educational Complex shelter as of today had 257 occupants, Herbert Grigg had 37, and 42 at the Canegata Ballpark center. D.H.S. said it’s working with shelter occupants to assess their needs to aid with the transition back to normalcy.


The Bureau of Information Technology, along with the Virgin Islands Next Generation Network, will erect WiFi hot spots in various locations on St. Croix, as the government entities did in the St. Thomas-St. John District during the early aftermath of Hurricane Irma.


As an aside, the governor began his press conference today by apologizing to marshals of the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands, who he had assailed for using their government authority and “flashing their blue lights” to take family and friends around during the curfew, while failing to perform any constructive work to help with the recovery. Mr. Mapp said he spoke with Supreme Court Chief Justice Rhys S. Hodge, who explained to the governor the role of the court during times of emergency.

Good evening!! Ill try to have more tomorrow. An exhaustive day

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

- Update
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Sat, 23 Sep 2017 11:26:07 -0700
Just received some text messages from Sandra Pense on St.Croix.  She is on the east side.  Hopefully they can get fuel, tools and supplies out there quickly.

Curfew lifted 12 noon to 4pm. Most on east side out or will be out of diesel fuel in a day or two. Ziggy gas station down and ordered a part. Has some fuel but can't get it. Another gas station has fuel but closed / hoping it opens tomorrow.. stores on east side running out of supplies. All people being good and friendly. The east side is working together. It might get ugly when gen fuel out. Cotton valley fire station is giving out some rations to peep in need.
Most only running gen for couple hours am and pm .
Cell coverage we have to drive closer to mid island. Less trips due to fuel shortage.

Roads still not cleared completely. Thus bottle neck ares have long lines to continue. Guys need chain saws / fuel.
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Gert van Dijken
Caribbean Hurricane Network
http://stormcarib.com

- Update
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Sat, 23 Sep 2017 08:26:03 -0700
Received from Dave on St.Thomas via Text, it looks like that it came from: http://viconsortium.com/featured/mapp-announces-12-noon-to-400-p-m-curfew-lift-for-saturday-start-of-limited-commercial-flights-at-st-thomas-airport/

Governor Kenneth Mapp on Friday held his second press conference following Hurricane Maria’s passage in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Below, find the latest updates from the administration’s recovery and relief efforts.

The governor has extended the suspension of the 24-hour curfew on St. Croix, giving residents from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday to conduct business. The governor said more time would not be allowed because first responders needed to clear the roads, and he did not want the government to be held liable for anyone injured as a result of debris.

Mr. Mapp also changed the curfew hours for the St. Thomas St. John District. Effective Saturday, the curfew hours in the aforementioned district is 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. Previously, it was 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 a.m.

The USS Wright, through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was scheduled to arrive at the West Indian Company (WICO) dock at 7:00 p.m. Friday night, carrying 1 million meals to be shared between the St. Thomas-St. John and St. Croix districts. A C17 aircraft was also scheduled to arrive with 50,000 meals and 36,000 litters of water.

The governor said his administration along with federal partners are hoping to reopen the St. Thomas airport for limited commercial flights in the middle of next week.  The governor said the St. Croix airport needed some additional work before reopening, and added that he would provide more updates on Saturday.

One death related to Hurricane Maria was confirmed by the governor. The incident occurred in St. Thomas and involved a woman who Mr. Mapp said had drowned.

There’s a cruise ship coming to St. Croix at the end of next week to carry residents who want to leave the island. The vessel is part of the Mapp administration’s “mercy” trips, and comes at no cost to Hurricane Maria victims looking to leave the island. The governor said the arrival of the ship next weekend gives enough time for those who plan on leaving to have discussions with their families. He said the mercy mission will drop everyone off in Florida, at which point the victims will have to make their way.

WAPA will be getting help from outside firms that are coming into the territory to help with power restoration. The governor said while these firms will help WAPA move quickly to restore power, they are not part of the governor’s stated intention to move all the territory’s power lines underground, as such a project would take multiple years.

The governor accepted responsibility and apologized for delays that occurred at food distribution centers today. Mr. Mapp noted a situation at the Juanita Gardine School, which saw meals being delivered hours later than the stated time. There were reports of a similar situation occurring at the Alexander Henderson School, another distribution center. Mr. Mapp said someone would be fired for the mishap, as the problem arose because orders were not followed, he said. And the order, it appears, came from Adjutant General of the V.I. National Guard Deborah Howell, who also took responsibility for the failure and vowed to relieve the individual.

The distribution centers on St. Croix will be open tomorrow from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m., keeping  in line with the curfew. Today, the governor announced the addition of a fifth distribution center. The list now includes Cotton Valley Fire Station, Alexander Henderson School, St. Croix Educational Complex, Juanita Gardine School, and the Eulalie Rivera School in Grove.

F.E.M.A.’s Blue Roof Project, which sees heavy duty tarpaulins being professionally installed on homes without roofs or homes with damage roofs, will commence soon, the governor said, with Anna’s Retreat being the first community where the tarps will be installed, Mr. Mapp said. He said more information about how to sign up would soon be made available.

The recovery and debris cleanup process, which is being paid for by the federal government, includes a lot of work, and the governor urged local contractors to seek contracts with the government be signing up with the Dept. of Property and Procurement.

Dept. of Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty, along with the governor, will meet with business leaders in the private sector on St. Thomas on Wednesday, and later next week on St. Croix, to discuss the potential attractions and other areas of appeal in the territory as sights that tourists could visit. Mr. Mapp said the discussions were being had because there’s a possibility that cruise lines could start visiting the islands sooner than anticipated. He did stress “may”, though, and said the outcome would depend on the readiness of the territory and its people.

viNGN is working on internet hots spots for St. Croix

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, and Governor Mapp recently spoke over the phone about adequate and appropriate housing for V.I. housing community residents displaced by both hurricanes Irma and Maria. The discussion was fruitful, the governor said, with Mr. Carson agreeing to address the thousands who are displaced. ” I expressed to the secretary my deep concern that we really have to address this issue, and it needs to be addressed really, really, rapidly,” the governor said.

Police Commissioner Delroy Richards fired two deputy chiefs in the St. Thomas-St. John District, who he said had not followed the plan he laid out in responding to the crisis of hurricanes Irma and Maria. He said two deputy chiefs in the St. Croix district would be fired as well. The governor endorsed Mr. Richards’s move, and said more firings would come in other government departments and agencies, for individuals who had simply failed to perform at a time when the government needed them the most.

Distribution centers will reopen on Saturday in St. Thomas (they were closed on Thursday and Friday).

 The mobile hospital outside the Schneider Regional Medical Center in St. Thomas that was taken down because of Hurricane Maria, was reestablished, according to FEMA. Two more were requested and will soon arrive in the territory to service both St. Thomas and St. Croix.

Seniors residing at Flamboyant Gardens, Whim Gardens and the facility located at the back of Sunny Isle, do not have to visit distribution centers to receive meals ready to eat (MREs), as Fire Service personnel will be delivering the MREs and water to these seniors on Saturday.

Dept. of Health will have minimal operation next week out of its mobile van, as the Harwood Complex building was damaged by incessant rain.

On Friday, disaster survivor assistance teams canvassed the St. Croix community letting residents know that FEMA is here to provide assistance. According to William Vogel, federal coordinating officer of FEMA Region II, roughly 5,625 Virgin Islanders have registered for assistance, 5,100 of whom did so for Hurricane Irma, and the remainder for hurricane Maria.

Port facilities now open are West Gregory, East Gregory, Homeport Pier, Crawley and Tropical Shipping in St. Thomas, and Limetree Bay and Krause Lagoon in St. Croix. Port facilities in St. John remain closed.



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

- Article
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:35:56 -0700
Article from the paper version of The Virgin Islands Daily News http://www.virginislandsdailynews.com/ forwarded to me by Dave (the on-line version seems a day old).

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

- 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.



--
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.

--
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
 
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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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- 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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