ST. THOMAS - The vast majority of electric customers on St. Croix had power restored by early evening Sunday, and most of the rest should have power before the night is over, said V.I. Water and Power Authority Executive Director Hugo Hodge Jr. Sunday evening.
All but one of the St. Croix feeders were knocked off when Tropical Storm Erika hit Thursday night, and Hodge said crews spent long shifts working to restore power across the island.
ST. THOMAS - Another tropical storm formed over the weekend off the African coast, and it was expected to become a hurricane overnight.
Early this morning, Tropical Storm Fred was moving northwest over the Cape Verde Islands where residents were being warned to expect hurricane conditions.
At 11 p.m., the National Weather Service said the storm was 80 miles from Praia, the chain's capital and largest city, and moving northwest at 15 miles per hour. A hurricane warning had been issued for the islands, which are located 350 miles off the coast of western Africa.
A number of organizations in the Virgin Islands have set up ways to send relief to Dominica.
- The Dominica Disaster Relief Committee is taking donations at Dominica Cargo, behnd O'Henry's Dry Cleaning in Tutu on St. Thomas. The group is looking for dry goods, baby supplies, medical supplies, building materials and tools.
The committee comprises several groups, including the Dominica Association of St. Thomas, Waseen Dominique, the Adventist Church and the University of the Virgin Islands' Dominica Student Association.
ST. THOMAS - Mitsubishi Electric, St. John-based Dr. Cool and the V.I. Energy Office this week will expose local contractors, engineers and business owners to the latest in cooling and solar technology.
The seminar, which starts at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Marriott's Frenchman's Reef Beach Resort, will focus on energy cost reductions, LEED efficiency and overall energy management.
"There are so many options for energy savings," said Gina Larrea, a Mitsubishi Electric representative. "We will give an energy overview and promote our relationships."
ST. CROIX - U.S. Agriculture Department Secretary Tom Vilsack has designated St. Croix a primary natural disaster area.
"We are pleased to announce that the USDA has designated St. Croix a disaster area," said V.I. Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett in a press release. "Our office has been working closely with local farmers and with the Farm Service Agency in hopes of achieving this end."
The Florida/V.I. Farm Service Agency, Plaskett and the U.S. Agriculture Department requested the primary county disaster designation on Aug. 11 due to drought damage dating back to April 1. The declaration was approved on Wednesday.
ST. THOMAS - The Virgin Islands government remains mute on a long list of public record requests filed by The Daily News.
The government has not acknowledged receiving some of the requests, and is openly defying others in violation of the territory's open records law.
It is more than 10 months since the newspaper asked Luis Hospital for its employment records. The response from Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kendall Griffith was that the hospital was too busy to answer. Hospital officials later said that the newspaper didn't follow V.I. law in the wording of the request, although the territory's courts have upheld similarly worded requests. Previous hospital administrations have also accepted the wording.