The U.S. Virgin Island's 911 call centers, first put in place in 2009, has long sought more bilingual or multilingually proficient operators to help serve the territory's large Spanish and smaller French Creole speaking populations.
The Virgin Islands Fire Service is working on a decade-old goal to merge Emergency Medical Services into its operations, out from its traditional home within the Department of Health, and cross-train firefighters in Emergency Medical Response.
Grounded Cafe on St. Croix offers a fine coffee experience in three locations – growing in just a few years from one to three outlets – and owner Reginald Perry has his sites set higher. “We would love to be the Starbucks of the Caribbean,” Perry said,
Randolph Thomas, a government retiree, is familiar with the financial challenges the territory faces, is circulating a petition asking the federal government to pay what he estimates as $7 billion it owes the territory in unpaid excise taxes.
Cloudiness moving in from the east may bring some passing showers to the local area on Tuesday. Daytime highs are expected to reach the upper 80s to low 90s with winds from the east at 10-20 miles per hour with higher gusts.
Seas to six feet and winds to 20 knots are likely Tuesday. There is a moderate risk of rip currents across the territorial coastlines.
IN THE TROPICS
A tropical wave located about 650 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands continues to produce disorganized showers and a few thunderstorms. Some additional development of this disturbance will be possible during the next couple of days before upper-level winds become less conducive for further organization by Thursday. The system is expected to move westward to west-northwestward at 15-20 miles per hour.
Sunrise: 5:45 a.m.
Sunset: 6:59 p.m.
OBSERVATIONS AT THE 3D MANDAHL WEATHER STATION
Monday's high temperature: 86 degrees at 11:48 a.m.
Monday's low temperature: 77 degrees at 5:38 a.m.
Peak wind gust: 20 miles per hour at 10:27 a.m.
24-hour rainfall: 0.01 inches
Month rain: 3.78 inches
Year rain: 12.92 inches
At 6 a.m. Monday, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. learned that the Limetree Bay Refinery would be shut down, affecting as many as 800 jobs directly and indirectly. It did not come as a big surprise, the governor said at a news conference Monday afternoon.
At the bottom end of a six-hour meeting Monday, Public Services Commission members approved a 17.215-cent electric levelized energy adjustment clause rate, an increase of about 2.3-cents per kilowatt hour.
A tropical wave about 750 miles east southeast of the Windward Islands that produced showers and a few thunderstorms Monday afternoon is unlikely to develop into a tropical storm, but is still likely to bring rain and rough weather across the USVI.
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