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Showers, Thunderstorms Possible Sunday

Moisture levels will continue to increase through Sunday night as a rich band of moisture to our southeast moves over the area. This may cause showers and some thundershowers to form during the day with a chance of heavy rain moving across the islands. Daytime highs Sunday will range from the lower to upper 80s with east winds of 10-20 miles per hour. Drier weather conditions are expected on Monday, marked by the return of Saharan dust. Six-foot seas and winds to 20 knots are expected. Small craft operators are encouraged to exercise caution in all exposed waters. There is a moderate risk of rip currents across the territorial coastlines. IN THE TROPICS There are no active tropical weather systems of concern to the Caribbean region or the Virgin Islands at the present time. Sunrise: 5:45 a.m. Sunset: 6:58 p.m. OBSERVATIONS AT THE 3D MANDAHL WEATHER STATION Saturday's high temperature: 85 degrees at 11:50 a.m. Saturday's low temperature: 77 degrees at 5:21 p.m. Peak wind gust: 23 miles per hour at 4:11 p.m. 24-hour rainfall: 0.28 inches Month rain: 3.56 inches Year rain: 12.70 inches

WAPA Reviewing Data to Determine Root Cause of Outage *Update*

WAPA said electric system personnel are reviewing data logs of the utility's generating units to determine the root cause of a 12-hour outage Friday that affected all customers of the St. Thomas-St. John District.

Disaster Recovery Office Spent $2 Billion of $8 Billion Fed Aid

The Disaster Recovery Office, set up after the devastating twin hurricanes of 2017, has spent $1.94 billion and obligated $4.45 billion, or more than 56 percent of the anticipated $8 billion in federal disaster recovery funds appropriated for the territory.

VIPD Overtime Costs Have Not Disappeared

After V.I. Police Department Commissioner Trevor Velinor testified during Thursday’s budget hearing, it was clear the struggle with employee overtime costs plaquing the department has persisted despite the prior fiscal year’s radical 42 percent drop in overtime.

STJ – CZM Approves Cruz Bay and Lovango Cay Permit Applications

The St. John Committee of the Coastal Zone Management Board approved two applications for projects – one in Cruz Bay, and one on Lovango Cay – at an online hearing Thursday afternoon.

Survey Seeks Residents’ Input on Recent Limetree Emissions

Some of the islands’ caretakers released a survey for residents about Limetree Refinery’s recent emissions and petrochemical releases.

Juneteenth Now a National and USVI Holiday – Government On Leave Friday

President Joe Biden signed legislation Thursday establishing Juneteenth, on June 19 as a national holiday and Gov. Albert Bryan followed suit in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

V.I. Energy Office Changes Net Energy Billing Application Process

The Virgin Islands Energy Office is changing its application process for the Net Energy Billing program, it announced on Wednesday.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Stopping at St. Thomas July 6

About 15-20 ships, almost half of the Royal Caribbean Group’s fleet, will be deployed in the Eastern Caribbean this year, starting on July 6 with a stop on St. Thomas, according to cruise line officials.

STT COVID-19 Infection Rate Surges Despite Vaccine Availability

There are 92 active COVID-19 cases as of June 15 and the numbers are rising, the Health Department said in a statement Wednesday. The territory marked its 30th death from the infectious disease on Monday.

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