As we brace for Hurricane Maria, expected to arrive in the U.S. Virgin Islands in the early hours of Wednesday morning, the news of Hurricane Irma is still fresh on our minds. Rescue and relief teams are still tending to St. Thomas, St. John, the BVI’s and other Caribbean islands, while also taking on the role of hurricane preparation.
Here is a sampling of some of the Hurricane Irma national media coverage we’ve been following.
“Organizations from the U.S. military to cruise lines are rallying support, evacuating those who need shelter and sending in teams to clean up debris.
Wall Street Journal, 9/13/17: After Hurricane Irma, Virgin Islands Recovery Picks Up With Federal Help
“On Wednesday, private boats from St. Croix continued to ferry supplies including food, water, generators and chainsaws, as well as nurses to provide medical help, said Cindy Clearwater, a tourism promoter who has helped coordinate the relief efforts on that neighboring island.
USA Today, 9/14/17: Irma’s wrath: most St. Thomas residents to be powerless for months
“My gut told me last night when I flew back in from the Virgin Islands, ‘Go all in on Thomas,’” Semonite said from the [U.S. Army Corp of Engineers] Washington command center. “Don’t wait to be asked.”
Travel Weekly, 9/14/17: St. Thomas and St. John face a lengthy recovery
“The third island in the USVI, St. Croix, 40 miles south of St. Thomas, was spared the storm and is serving as a temporary staging area for government aircraft, U.S. Army National Guard troops, Marines and private relief efforts. Flotillas of private boats with relief supplies are crisscrossing the waters each day from St. Croix to St. Thomas and on to St. John.
Chicago Tribune, 9/16/17: Letter: Don’t desert the U.S. Virgin Islands
“Without tourists, there is no work. With no work, there is no money to buy a new car and rebuild a home.
The Boston Globe, 9/16/17: ‘We’ll be back’: Enormous hurdles — and resolve — ahead for those in Virgin Islands’ hard-hit tourism industry
NPR, 9/17/17: A Virgin Islands Author on Irma
“It is a gorgeous, pristine, absolutely divine place. However, it’s a place where human beings also live. So, you know, when Americans travel to Europe, for example, they know that they’re traveling to Europe to engage with the cultural history. When people travel to the Caribbean, they are often traveling to avoid the human beings and to just engage in the beauty of the space.