Gov. Kenneth Mapp’s daily press briefings took a brutal turn over the weekend. Friday the news was all about the Hurricane Irma recovery effort. By Sunday, it was all about a potential hit this week from Hurricane Maria.
Organizers of St. Croix Pride Week had ambitious plans this year, but the passage of Hurricane Irma, with Hurricane Maria due this week, they have had to scramble to cancel some events and reschedule, others, then reschedule again.
Maria is now a hurricane, and forecasters at the National Hurricane Center said Sunday it could be near major hurricane intensity when it affects portions of the Virgin Islands and Leeward Islands over the next few days.
About the worst news the U.S. Virgin Islands could receive at this time is that another storm is headed its way, but that is exactly the news that Gov. Kenneth Mapp gave at his 5 p.m. news conference on Saturday.
The weather disturbance bearing down on the Virgin Islands strengthened into Tropical Storm Maria Saturday afternoon and may be a category three hurricane by the time it reached the territory Wednesday.
Coastweeks got off to a good start with 2 beach cleanups on Saturday. At Southgate Coastal Reserve, St. Croix Environmental Association brought together 10 volunteers who picked up 14 bags of trash. At Dorsch Beach the UVI Psychology club, along with other students and professors had