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Richard Motta, director of Communications for the governor, opened a news conference Monday with information about an area of disturbance the National Hurricane Center is watching for possible development later this week.
Curfew on St. Thomas was continued to Thursday at 8 a.m. to allow for debris to be cleared from the roads, and power outages remained widespread as Hurricane Dorian churned into the open Atlantic to the north of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
Gov. Albert Bryan lifted the curfew for St. Croix and said the St. Thomas-St. John curfew would be lifted at 8 a.m., during a post-storm press briefing 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Dorian, the fast-moving Category 1 hurricane, was some 45 miles to the northwest of St. Thomas by Wednesday evening, having brought hurricane force winds and as much as five inches of rain to portions of the Virgin Islands Wednesday afternoon.
Dorian has been upgraded to a Category One Hurricane as it nears St. Thomas with top winds of 75 miles per hour. St. Thomas' Cyril...
Dorian has been upgraded to a Category One Hurricane as it nears St. Thomas with top winds of 75 miles per hour.
Within about a year and a half, 85 percent of the power in the territory could be produced by smaller, more efficient propane-fired generators, saving the V.I. Water and Power Authority – and customers – five-cents per kilowatt hour.
Steps were taken by the V.I. Water and Power Authority’s board Thursday to engage companies that can perform early electrical damage assessment and begin repairs in the event of a hurricane this storm season.
When Sen. Kenneth Gittens rose on the floor of the Legislature Tuesday to initiate what he calls “a more aggressive approach when it comes to WAPA,” he encountered no resistance from the 14 other senators.
WAPA's issues, including debt, substantial cost overruns on the VITOL propane conversion project, and long-term non-payment of bills by government agencies, could leave U.S. Virgin Islanders in the dark.
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