2017-11-10. After Irma and Maria: How 3 Spots on the U.S. Virgin Islands Are Faring.

posted Nov 12, 2017, 7:57 PM by Alan Gould
By Richard Pérez-Peña, The New York Times. For GSS Climate Change chapter 8. Excerpt: Hurricanes Irma and Maria both hit the United States Virgin Islands in September as rare Category 5 storms, but the devastation there has been largely overshadowed by the damage and death this year’s hurricane season left behind in Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean nations. The United States Virgin Islands were as hard-hit as any place in the country; in a territory with just 103,000 residents, more than 33,000 individuals and families have applied for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and government agencies reported on Thursday that 73 percent of customers still had no power. The storms so denuded the islands’ lush vegetation that where they once showed up in satellite photos as a green jewels in the sea, they were brown after the hurricanes passed.... https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/10/us/virgin-islands-hurricanes.html