November 20, 2017 2:55 pm Last modified: 7:47 am

Many Roofs Gone on St. Croix; Flooding on St. Thomas

Hurricane Maria blew away this Cane Bay restaurant. (Facebook photo, posted on many pages, photographer unknown)

Hurricane Maria blew away this Cane Bay restaurant. (Facebook photo, posted on many pages, photographer unknown)

Hurricane Maria now has largely moved on from blasting the U.S. Virgin Islands, and initial reports from people on the ground indicate large numbers of roofs have been blown off all over St. Croix, trees have been stripped and toppled, debris covers the streets and many roads are impassable with utility poles lying across the road.

Curfew is in effect and mobility is limited. Malik Stridiron, a Red Cross worker who lives in Frederiksted, gave a first hand report on Facebook, showing extensive damage to the east end of St. Croix.

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Debris blocks King Street in Christiansted in front of the Florence Williams Library Wednesday morning.

Debris blocks King Street in Christiansted in front of the Florence Williams Library Wednesday morning.

Christiansted boardwalk appears mostly intact although covered with debris. (Facebook photo, posted on many pages, photographer unknown)

Christiansted boardwalk appears mostly intact although covered with debris. (Facebook photo, posted on many pages, photographer unknown)

The roof is gone at Isle 95 radio in Gallows Bay. Gallows Bay Hardware is extensively damaged. Altona Lagoon is badly damaged and flooded. Stridiron reported the roof at the Seaborne Seaplane port is gone, as is the roof of the Boys and Girls Club building in Christiansted town.

Christiansted town is full of debris. A detached roof is blocking the road in front of the Florence Wiliams Library.

Roofs are missing all over the island. There are reports of heavy damage in Williams Delight, Matruchal, Estate Carlton, Lorraine Village, Whim, Sion Farms, Tide Village and many other locations. People have filmed blown out windows in Mutual Homes. Marley Homes in Frederiksted is reportedly damaged.

Many have reported lost roofs, windows and doors in Frederiksted.

Floodwaters from Hurricane Maria innundate the Charlotte Amalie waterfront. (Photo by Danie Berry)

Floodwaters from Hurricane Maria innundate the Charlotte Amalie waterfront. (Photo by Danie Berry)

The road east to Cheeseburgers in Paradise is blocked.

It is too early to know, but as of Wednesday morning there does not seem to be many reports of serious injury.

The National Weather Service reports the eye wall passed to the south of St. Croix but winds were as high as 175 miles per hour.

Many report flooding in their homes; blown out windows and heavy rain. Some low-lying areas have experienced rising water inside their homes.

On St. Thomas, debris covers a road after Hurricane Maria (Kelsey Nowakowski photo)

On St. Thomas, debris covers a road after Hurricane Maria (Kelsey Nowakowski photo)

Castle Burke had damage and some flooding. An initial report from a resident of the neighborhood suggests that most roofs remain intact but there are lines down and debris everywhere.

St. Thomas was spared the brunt of the wind but has severe flooding. At 7 a.m. deepwater extended all the way from the waterfront to Norre Gade on St. Thomas. Frenchtown is flooded, not from the sea but from overflowing guts, from Betsy’s Bar past the French Heritage Museum.

Boats parked by Emile Griffith Ballpark are now floating. The Frenchtown Deli and the Hook Line and Sinker restaurant are reportedly OK.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Maria has moved on to devastate Puerto Rico. The National Weather Service reports the eye crossed the most populous part of San Juan. Flooding and damage is severe.

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  1. sharon Reply

    Thank you for the update! I still can’t reach my family. I pray they are OK.

  2. Jamie Ward Reply

    Hoping you all are ok and wishing you the best! Keep up the great reporting work!

  3. Beth Reply

    Thanks for the update. Cannot reach my family there. our family will watch for updates from you

  4. Brian Peterson Reply

    When you say the Seaport is gone, do you mean the whole thing including the hangar or just the pier facilities>

    • Pete Serini Reply

      What damage did Jones Maritime and it’s pier take?

      Any word on the Palms and St. C condos would be appreciated.

  5. Benjamin castillo Reply

    You are all in my prayers God bless

  6. Cuqui Reply

    Please I am looking for my father. He’s been living in Christiansted for 18 years and works in the hospital there. He is Puerto Rican. His name is Jenaro and go by Quique or Cano. I am very concerned here in Tampa Florida.
    If anybody can help me. Tell him to call me or her sister if possible or FB

  7. Jurgen Reply

    Good evening to all,
    try the website http://www.stormcarib.com to find out about persons in the hurricane-affected islands. Once the website click on the island of interest on the right hand side of the page. Once on the island’s page click on the link “Please for help” at the top of the page. That will take you to the forum where you can ask questions or give answers if you have information about someone. Keep in mind the damaged infrastructure in same areas, people might not be able to respond due to that.

    I hope this may help some people. Stay safe!
    Jurgen from lucky Barbados

  8. Cindy Fortner Reply

    I have a family there and haven’t heard from them. I’m really worried. I keep praying to God they are ok🙏🙏

  9. Cindy Fortner Reply

    My family is in St Croix. They aren’t talking much about St Croix. I’m so scared for them😳Please let me know if you’ve heard from Ginger and Rick🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  10. BEAUTY DOLLETE ANTONIO Reply

    Please help me, I’m looking for my mother MRS. SHARON CUSTODIO DOLLETE and my brother JHON CUSTODIO DOLLETE. their address is 225 williams delight frederiksted, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. and thier house is destroyed by hurricane MARIA. please let me know if they found . Thank you..

    WE ARE PRAYING FOR THEIR SAFETY HERE IN THE PHILIPPINES…

  11. John Melnick Reply

    Praying for all my friends in St Croix…….John Melnick

    • Tanya Morris Reply

      Lee went through the storm -Irma and Maria at the welcome house-just got back power a few days before Maria came-as of Thursday p.m. no power and a 24 hour curfew–police keeping people in their neighborhoods-even today still having wind and rain on the edges of Maria–Peggi is in Florida with the girls all be safe

  12. CUTHTELER E BRANN Reply

    Praying for my family in St. Croix and hope that they are okay. Jared, Jarl, Jerall, Jaron, Jerose, Myrna, Laura,Harris and many more.

  13. Michael Butler Reply

    Praying for all my friends in St Croix.

  14. Barbara Richer Reply

    all thoughts, love,energy to everyone at Chenay Bay. Hoping you are all safe.

    Charmaine, Debbie, Juliet, Anna all love to you Scout and Lucy.
    We are sending hope and love.

    Paul and Barbara

  15. Carma Johnson Reply

    My husband, Dave, and I are thinking of those on St. Croix, as well as the wonderful people at Chenay Bay: Debbie, Phillip, Megan, Chris, and the rest of the staff. I hope you all weathered the storm and are doing well!! We are sending prayers and good vibes!!

  16. Evelin Reply

    May God bless my Island and my family and friends my prayers to the hole island

  17. Anonymous Reply

    My thoughts and prayers to all my friends and neighbors on St.Croix.Any news about the condition on Beeston Hill?

  18. Snow Jewel White Reply

    Please, I have two brothers on St Croix, Zenith Apollo and Robert Floyd White. I can’t find d any information.

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