September 20, 2017 10:49 am Last modified: 4:47 am

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Hysterical Rumors Not Helping St. Thomas and St. John

Exaggerated and false social media postings mixed with genuinely scary realities on the ground have ginned up a degree of hysteria that is not helping recovery efforts or giving people a realistic view of the situation in St. Thomas and St. John.
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Caribbean Sea Adventures loads up Sunday on St. Croix. (Photo provided by Caribbean Sea Adventures)

Supplies Coming In, People Getting Out of St. Thomas, St. John

Despite rumors on social media and the many genuinely difficult realities facing the territory, help is coming into St. John and St. Thomas at a fast-increasing pace and boats are starting to ferry the people stranded in shelters off the islands.
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The VIPD's Mariel C. Newton Command Center on St. John, heavily damaged by Hurricane Irma. (All photos with this story are from the Love City Strong Facebook page)

St. John: Chief Suggests Curfew Be Eased; Keating Clinic Re-Opens

The island of St. John is still under curfew after the passing of Hurricane Irma, but Police Chief Winsbut McFarland suggested Monday that local conditions should determine the hours of curfew for each island.
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A WAPA lineman works on a transformer. (Photo provided by WAPA)

WAPA Makes Progress on Power, Water Restoration

Additional electrical service was restored Monday in areas of St. Thomas, the Water and Power Authority reported.
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Mapp Encourages St. Thomas-St. John Students to Enroll on St. Croix

At a press conference Sunday night, Gov. Kenneth Mapp encouraged families on St. Thomas and St. John with support systems on St. Croix to consider enrolling students in that island's public schools.
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On St. Croix, supplies are loaded onto the ferry for a trip to St. John.

Reports of People Still Cut Off in Fortuna as Supplies Arrive on St.Thomas

Even as supplies arrive, there are unconfirmed reports that some parts of St. Thomas are still inaccessible due to debris in the roads.
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Volunteers and rescue personnel are working side by side to clean up the damage on St. John, but there's a long way to go, they agree. (David Knight photo)

St. John: A Long Road to ‘Normal’

Things are looking up on St. John, but volunteers and officials alike are mindful that there's a long way to go before the storm-battered island will return to anything like "normal."
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Volunteers load supplies aboard Caribbean Sea Adventures vessel Thursday for hurricane victims on St. Thomas, St. John and Water Island. (Photo by Sarah Ridgway)

Crucians Step Up to Help Victims on Sister Islands

Less than 24-hours after Hurricane Irma terrorized the Caribbean, Crucians, almost unscathed in comparison, began to gather resources to help victims on the devastated sister islands of St. Thomas, St. John and Water Island.
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Three St. Thomas Food and Supply Distribution Points Established

The food distribution point at Fort Christian Fire Station has moved to the new Omar Brown Sr. Fire Station on Lovers Lane actors from Barbel Plaza, according to V.I. Emergency Operations Command. There are also points of distribution established at the Kirwan Terrace Ball Park and th
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St. Croix Schools Start Tuesday, St. Thomas-St. John Delayed Until Irma Damage Assessed

Students on St. Croix will begun school a week late, kicking off the school year Tuesday after a delay caused by Hurricane Irma. St. Thomas schools delayed and Gov. Mapp reminds people recovery is a long-term proposition.
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