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

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

Good morning. WAPA update


VIRGIN ISLANDS WATER AND POWER AUTHORITY STATUS UPDATE


 

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

 


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

 


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

 


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

 


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

 


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

 


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



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

- US Virgin Relief Fund
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:02:01 -0700

US Virgin Relief Fund
Forwarded 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

- Had to evacuate
  • By "John Fuller" <fullervi at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:01:22 -0400

The two posts below from me were obviously delayed, as that was true the day after Irma hit us, and about a 12 hours before the generator died for good.

 

We did manage to survive until Sunday (9/17) when we were forced, by reason, to evacuate to Puerto Rico.  We were very fortunate to get a flight to DC where we can stay with family in Virginia,  Trying to figure out how to put our life back together, and are praying that we have something to return to. Bless all who contribute and to Gert who keeps the best storm site ever.

John


- Sta John is devastated
  • By "John Fuller" <fullervi at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:54:33 -0400

We have had major damage to the house.  All the door on three levels have blown off. Everything is wet or destroyed. Never seen such winds, We are all fine but the cleanup will  be awful.  Will post photos when we get a chance. St John is in bad shape. Generator is still going (thank God)  We move on.

John


- St John is devastated
  • By "John Fuller" <fullervi at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:54:33 -0400

We are fine but major damage to house and belongings. Cleanup will be horrible.

John


- Update
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Sat, 16 Sep 2017 18:51:12 -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.

Sent from my iPhone 

- post hurricane irma
  • By Pam Taylor <ptaylorvi at outlook.com>
  • Date: Sat, 16 Sep 2017 19:43:06 +0000

Hi there it's Pam from St John. We are finally digging out after the massive destruction and devastation of hurricane Arma. We are receiving supplies through FEMA of water, MREs and canned goods and limited toiletries. The word is that the customs office in St Thomas is closed therefore massive amounts of generators much needed to make life bearable Huron St John are not getting through. My house has four walls and a roof much more than most of my fellow st johnians. I am thankful that I have what I have left. Everything is damaged and destroyed on Saint John and is going to be a long long time before St John is ready to accept visitors and tourism. The future is bleak for at least a few more months if not more. All communication lines and electrical lines are Tangled amongst the massive amount of shattered trees and homes that were destroyed. I feel lucky that I have my life. Only a few locations on St John that have cell service so I will try to update you as the time goes on. It is definitely not a pretty picture and not vacationland in fact it's more like Neverland. I wake up every morning and hope that I am just having a bad dream but the reality is the nightmare that we are all living here. Bring generators. At least generators could bring some normalcy two are damaged and destroyed lives. Hopefully the next two storms will pass Us by without much more destruction and heartbreak. Stay safe. Will report again when I get to a signal.

- Update from John Fuller
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2017 10:41:22 -0700
Relayed to me through his daughter who received the update by text message from John Fuller on St.John:

St John was hit with at least a 10 off the SS scale. In the aftermath we got Seabees from Virginia, search and rescue, our own resources and we are recovering. Limited ferries to St. Thomas now, no AT&T but I can roam texts with Sprint.  Reports of crime are exaggerated. PD, Navy and Marines keeping order which is fairly easy here.  We are all together. Evacuated about 700 people to PR.  STT not likely to open anytime soon.  FEMA is here and taking charge.  Mike Bloomberg came yesterday and is devoting lots of people and resources to St John. Seeing the devastation is painful but watching our people together is gratifying. Lee and I are alive, we have roof and walls, we will try to stay for awhile. 
John 

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

- Fwd: Funds for St. John - resource
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Sat, 9 Sep 2017 20:40:17 -0700


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Claire O.
Date: Sat, Sep 9, 2017 at 7:56 PM
Subject: Re: Funds for St. John - resource


Good Evening Gert,

For those folks who would like to help St. John in particular:

The Community Foundation of St John's relief effort activity may be followed on their Facebook page:


More importantly, there is an opportunity to donate to the organization directly through their website:


Perhaps this could be posted on the St John page specifically?

Thank you for all that you do! Edit as needed.


- Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Fri, 8 Sep 2017 11:52:08 -0700

Received from Claire Ochoa, former St.Thomas resident:

The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands has set up a fund to help Virgin Islanders recover from Hurricane Irma, according to a statement from Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett.

“The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands has started the FUND FOR THE VIRGIN ISLANDS. The purpose of this fund is to provide monies for critical needs in the Virgin Islands,” Plaskett said.

The CFVI is a fiduciary for a number of smaller charities and holds 501c3 tax status, so donations to it are tax deductible. It has been a fixture in the territory for more than 25 years.

People can make donations through PayPal using the following the link: http://cfvi.net/donate/donate-fund.php. Please add “Fund for the VI” or “FFVI” into the description/memo line.


- Fwd: Best way to help St John - money and continued press awareness
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Fri, 8 Sep 2017 11:42:22 -0700

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Frank Addison
Date: Fri, Sep 8, 2017 at 7:39 AM
Subject: Best way to help St John - money and continued press awareness


Give to the St. John Community Foundation. Here is the link. http://thestjohnfoundation.org/donate

Please have all your subscribers send a constant barrage to the press about the dire situation and the need for massive rebuilding support. The USVI as you know are unable to pay for these efforts and are massively in debt so they can't issue bonds. They will be without power for months, have no sources of fresh water other than rain and need ongoing food water and medical assistance. 

Sunny Regards,

Frank Addison


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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Full statement from HHS:

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 6, 2017

 


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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Gert van Dijken
Caribbean Hurricane Network
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- Wind - wow!
  • By "John Fuller" <fullervi at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2017 11:55:04 -0400

Lots of wind, trees down but not on the house yet.  Clearly the worst winds we have ever had. Eyewall soon come.

 

John


- Irma update.
  • By Neil Neal <ndn23 at verizon.net>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2017 11:29:47 -0400
It's 11:30a and Irma is being a bad girl. Heavy rains, wind gusts estimated to 
be at least 125mph. 
Lots of trees and branches down. Wind still coming from the North. House is 
holding up well. 

NDN. 

- Here's Irma.
  • By Neil Neal <ndn23 at verizon.net>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2017 10:07:34 -0400
Here we are on the West of St. John. Winds just increased and gusts to approx 
50+ mph. 
Power is gone. Generators humming all around me. Trees are beginning to get 
their leaves shredded, two trees down beside the house. The few boats left in 
Great Cruz Bay are hanging in there so far. 

NDN

- Irma's getting windy!!
  • By Pam Taylor <ptponcepr at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2017 12:57:01 +0000

Just a few quick shots as the wind is increasing here on Bordeaux!!  Not sure if this quick video will go through, but you don't get the same effect in a stationary clip!!


Stay Safe!  AT&T still up and running.


Coffee time!


Pam on Bordeaux

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- St. John Update
  • By Dwayne Neal <ndn23 at verizon.net>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2017 07:57:19 -0400
We are starting to get bands of wind and rain here on the West side of St. 
John. Light rain with gusts of approx. 30 mph, followed by periods of almost no 
wind.
We expect power to go out any moment as the lights are flickering off and on.

NDN

- Irma's knocking
  • By Pam Taylor <ptponcepr at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2017 11:42:33 +0000

Good Morning again!  Winds have picked up pretty good this morning.  Lots of leaves around and the palm fronds from the tire palms have been blown off.  Thank God for the house and tall fence next door which is blocking a lot of the wind from our property.  If it gets too bad the fence will probably become flying projectiles as it is about 20+ years old and a bit worst for worn!!  The dogs don't want to go out anymore....and we just lost power.  So am working from tethering on my phone.  We'll see how long that lasts. 😒  With every window and door shut and taped and no fans it will make for a hot day.  Fortunately we can still stand on the porch for now to get a breeze as our generator crapped out about two weeks ago and being off-island we didn't get a chance to replace it before the storm....back to the old days.  Candles, flashlights, and don't open the fridge unless you have to.  Hopefully this will pass and we will have power back.  Doesn't seem at all bad right now....but wait!  Will keep you all update until the AT&T tower goes away!


Love to all my family....and friends....


Stay safe!  


Pam from Bordeaux 


- Irma's knocking
  • By Pam Taylor <ptponcepr at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2017 11:40:28 +0000

Good Morning again!  Winds have picked up pretty good this morning.  Lots of leaves around and the palm fronds from the tire palms have been blown off.  Thank God for the house and tall fence next door which is blocking a lot of the wind from our property.  If it gets too bad the fence will probably become flying projectiles as it is about 20+ years old and a bit worst for worn!!  The dogs don't want to go out anymore....and we just lost power.  So am working from tethering on my phone.  We'll see how long that lasts. 😒  With every window and door shut and taped and no fans it will make for a hot day.  Fortunately we can still stand on the porch for now to get a breeze as our generator crapped out about two weeks ago and being off-island we didn't get a chance to replace it before the storm....back to the old days.  Candles, flashlights, and don't open the fridge unless you have to.  Hopefully this will pass and we will have power back.  Doesn't seem at all bad right now....but wait!  Will keep you all update until 


- Waiting for Irma
  • By "John Fuller" <fullervi at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2017 07:36:49 -0400

Good morning,

Things are nice this morning, an occasional gust but nothing to write home about. The rain is on the way (watching the radar) and I expect winds as well.  The power just went off and the repair crews will not be out to do anything until after the storm passes. Let’s hope the generator fuel lasts that long.  Real nice to have a generator this time. Curfew in effect in the USVI from 6am today until 6pm Thursday. As long as the internet stays up I’ll update as things change.

John

 


- Here comes Irma!
  • By Pam Taylor <ptponcepr at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2017 06:18:22 +0000

Good Morning! My first report from atop Bordeaux Mountain, St. John!!  Had to cut my trip to Vermont for my youngest grandson's birthday short to come back for this!!  Arrgghhh!!  Up for my nightly doggie adventure.  The winds are starting to pick up and clouds are passing by quickly. The moon that was lighting up the sky a few minutes ago is gone now, covered by clouds.  The tire palms are swaying wildly in the breeze and the wind is beginning to howl a bit.  I guess she's getting closer!!  The dogs are sniffing the air and tail between the legs back to the house.  We're all tucked in here, waiting...waiting.  Hopefully Irma won't be as hard on St. John as Marilyn in 1995!!  We'll see.  Will write more in the morning when the sun comes up.....if it does 😳.  Stay safe everyone!!


Pam on Bordeaux

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- Coming over us
  • By "John Fuller" <fullervi at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2017 19:52:11 -0400

Okay. The latest CPA shows me that Irma will follow our first hurricane on site, Bertha in 1996.  It appears to be passing directly over us.  I am not sure which is better – to miss us slightly or go directly over. Hoping for the best as we are sheltering others this time.

John 


- St. John Preparing for Irma
  • By Dwayne Neal <ndn23 at verizon.net>
  • Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2017 15:06:16 -0400
It is currently 3:00pm here on St. John. The winds are light and breezy from 
the east at about 12 mph. The clouds have thickened a bit in the last 2 hours 
but still broken sunshine. The temp is 86 degrees and the humidity is 90%. It 
feels very sticky outside
I was just in Cruz Bay about an hour ago. Everyone is hauling out small boats 
from the water and lines in the grocery markets are long and busy. There are a 
lot of cars out telling me many put off preparing until today. 
According a local blog there are still approx. 1000 tourists in the USVI. 
Probably less than 100 here on St. John.
In a thought, this is the calm before the storm.

NDN

- We are shutting down for Irma
  • By "John Fuller" <fullervi at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2017 14:10:01 -0400

Good afternoon,

St John will be on its own (again) starting tonight.  The Captain of the port has issued the following:

·        The last ferry from Cruz Bay, St. John to Red Hook, St. Thomas departs at 6 pm today.

·        The last ferry from Red Hook to St. John departs at 7 pm. There will be no ferry service between St. Thomas and St. John until further notice

We have buttoned up as well as we can, but this is the strongest storm to hit St John in NHC history. Pray for all in her path.

John


- Monitoring St. John
  • By Douglas <crabbyswatersports at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2017 10:40:03 -0400
Storm Carib-ers -  First, thank you. Lo Cal Val for reporting in from Cruz Bay. 
 I am glad you are there to keep us posted from that side of the island.

I am not on island, but am in direct contact with people on the Coral Bay side. 
 (If they have communications capability after the storm, we will post as soon 
as we hear any reports).  Everyone is taking this very, very seriously.  
Prepping and praying.  Anything that can be taken down, or in, is being 
secured.  One of our neighbors just called and doing last minute prep, he is a 
good friend that lives on upper Carolina in Coral Bay and I will forward any 
useful information he calls into me. -Doug

- stj
  • By Val Donaghue <lowcalval at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Mon, 4 Sep 2017 18:59:10 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
Hi all,
Long time no see... beautiful day on the beach this afternoon. Finally got to 
get
 there after the high season. All is calm right now here in Cruz Bay.  Most 
storm prep completed.  The hardware stores were gracious enough to open for 
short periods of time today to help us prepare. Too close for comfort. Will be 
at the animal shelter early tomorrow where I work to continue to get everyone 
ready for the storm. Wish we could foster out a few more dogs temporarily. Not 
sure what the next few days will bring. We live in a small carribean cottege 
built in the late 50's so hopefully that means good tidings. Peaceful tonight. 
tree frogs singing, cats lounging, me drinking a greenie !
Cheers
lowcalval 


- Sunken sailboat
  • By Doug Benton <crabbyswatersports at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Tue, 8 Aug 2017 17:41:30 -0400
A popular local artist lost his boat in last nights storm. Tough to see but this was taken from Aqua Bistro, you can see two masts above waterline about 75 feet in front of the black boat and dinghy. How sad.



Sent from my iPhone

- Coral Bay last night and this AM
  • By Douglas <crabbyswatersports at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Tue, 8 Aug 2017 15:23:25 -0400
Quite a rain filled night,I had just taken my rain gauge in yesterday AM to 
clean off all the mold and mildew and of course i missed one of the biggest 
rain events of the year,my neighbor said he had about 8 inches so we probably 
where in that range here in Coral Bay. The lightning and thunder were 
ferocious. Telephone pole down in Hansen bay after vi’s before campground,in 
front of Jay’s house. WAPA  on the scene about noon today. Went out last night 
around 10PM to check on drains on Majestic mile,all cool and working great on 
upper half. Sun has been out for a couple hours or more,was raining lightly all 
morning.Muddy looking Coral Bay if i see something interesting this afternoon i 
will post it when i get back in a little while.-exCrabby

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