The U.S. Virgin Islands Territory Deals With Yet Another Hurricane

September 14, 2019


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The organization Cane Bay Cares was started to provide hurricane relief to residents of the U.S. Virgin Islands beginning in the latter part of 2017. This organization is connected with the business firm Cane Bay Partners, co-partnered by Kirk Chewning and David Johnson. It continues its work today, branching into other pursuits like funding a new school on the island of St. Croix.

Whenever other hurricanes have headed toward the Virgin Islands since then, residents have been understandably troubled about the possibility of another major disaster. They watch the progress of hurricanes like Dorian of late summer 2019, hoping it will drastically lose power before it reaches any land.

Hurricane Dorian’s Effects on the Territory

The U.S. Virgin Islands territory was hit by Dorian as it began reaching hurricane status. The islands, including St. Croix, experienced tropical storm and lower hurricane-force winds. Tropical storm wind is defined as up to 73 miles per hour, and sustained wind speed was clocked on the U.S. Virgin Islands at 80 miles per hour during Dorian’s move through the region. A significant amount of rain fell there as well.

Throughout the storm’s existence, its track proved very difficult to predict and it continually made unexpected moves. This left residents of the islands rushing to put up shutters and take other precautions when it shifted direction.

Still Recovering From 2017

St. Croix and the other U.S. Virgin Islands, along with Puerto Rico, are still working to recover from the 2017 hurricanes of Irma and Maria. Responding to the imminent threat from Dorian, the governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands required schools and government offices to close until further notice. Schools had been almost ready to open for the school year, but that had to be postponed. Shelters were opened to anyone who might need refuge.

Some damage was reported, but nothing like what had happened in 2017. One resident told the New York Times that the island dwellers are still dealing with post-traumatic stress from those previous storms, making Dorian a particularly anxiety-provoking event. Sadly, the Dorian storm gained momentum as it progressed and caused major devastation in the Bahamas to the northwest.