Commissioner of Tourism
Pamela C. Richards has reported that the United States Virgin Islands
reports neither damages nor injuries due to Hurricane Frances, which passed
115 miles north of St. John and St. Thomas. The territory has returned to
business as usual.
“We implemented routine precautionary measures, and fortunately we
escaped this storm unscathed,” Richards said. “We did not sustain any
damage or injuries related to the storm. The U.S. Virgin Islands is open
for business and we continue to welcome visitors to our islands.”
The hurricane’s bands passed the U.S. Virgin Islands yesterday and all
tropical storm warnings were lifted by 5 p.m. The territory experienced
intermittent heavy rains and wind gusts as the storm passed in a
northwesterly direction near the Leeward Islands. St. Croix, located 35
miles west of St. John and St. Thomas in the Caribbean Sea, did not suffer
any significant storm conditions.
While the Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas and the Henry E. Rohlsen
International Airport on St. Croix remained open throughout the storm,
several airlines canceled or delayed flights in and out of the territory as
a precaution on Tuesday. Hotels in the U.S. Virgin Islands implemented
their hurricane preparedness plans. All ports remained open and two cruise
ships called at Charlotte Amalie today.
“We were fortunate and have resumed business as usual,” Richards said. “It is our prayer that the other destinations in the path of the storm will fare as well.”