Some of the US Navy Glider FleetPhoto Credit: Jennifer Ervin, Defense Visual Information Distribution Service FLEET OF OCEAN GLIDERS COMING TO THE US VIRGIN ISLANDS Data-collecting underwater drones will support improved hurricane forecasting. Ocean gliders …Continue reading →
MEDIA ADVISORY Contact: Sheraine Brewster-Spivey (340) 513-4624 Email: RaineSpivey@gmail.com SENATOR MARVIN A. BLYDEN GAINS SUPPORT OF U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS CONGRESSWOMAN STACEY PLASKETT AND U.S. CONGRESSMAN JAMES E. CLYBURN TO FOCUS ON EMERGENCY HOUSING & SAFE …Continue reading →
PLEASE NOTE: This article’s dates have been corrected and are different than in the official government release which has a typo in the date. The VITEMA release states Monday as September 3. CCVI has corrected …Continue reading →
The Virgin Islands Territorial Management Agency (VITEMA) has announced that 2017-2018 Hurricane Tracking maps are now available throughout the Virgin Islands. Do not rely on having electrical power or batteries to connect cell phones and …Continue reading →
National Hurricane Center: “IRMA TURNS WESTWARD WITH 120-MPH WINDS” Issued By:VITEMA Issued On: 9/1/17 7:35 PM Affected Jurisdictions: Virgin Islands THIS IS A Routine Press Release Irma has continued to intensify its hurricane …Continue reading →
As torrential rainfall continues to pour on the Gulf Coast, the Department of Health and Human Services is providing support as local officials are continuing to assess communities’ health care infrastructure and medical needs. A …Continue reading →
August 30, 2010 – Tropical Storm/Hurricane Earl – St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
With the heart of Hurricane Earl directly south of the islands, Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority linesmen braved tropical storm force winds and pole fires to restore full electrical power to Old Tutu.
As viewers will hear in the video, these linesmen risking their lives at the top of swaying poles receive little respect and no thanks from the residents. You will hear a linesman being cursed for cutting away a tree branch entangled in power lines. Another gets grief from a homeowners that needs an electrician.
Islanders harbor a justified anger towards WAPA for its inability to supply consistent power even under the best of circumstances. Linesmen, who have no control over power plant issues, are the workers seen the most and thus receive the verbal blows and threats.
Yet day after day, heat wave or hurricane, WAPA linesmen perform thankless death-defying tasks with antiquated equipment. These are the first responders and heroes who brave the heart of the storm to maintain or restore in our worst case scenarios.