Initial reports from the U.S. Virgin Islands indicate
substantial damage from Hurricane Irma to infrastructure on St. Thomas and St.
John. The Category 5 storm delivered a direct hit to the two islands on
St. Croix, 40 miles to the south, was spared.
The Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach
Resort in St. Thomas has incurred storm-related damage, said the hotel's owner.
Portions of the complex are closed and the damage is being assessed.
Also on St. Thomas, Bluebeard's Castle Resort sustained
major damage. Point Pleasant Resort has no power or cell phone service. Sugar
Bay Resort & Spa sustained significant property damage, and the hotel will
close through Dec. 31. Windward Passage will close for six months. Bolongo Bay Beach Resort emerged in good shape with just a few trees down.
The roof of the Roy Schneider Medical Center on St. Thomas
was ripped off by Irma's winds. Authorities are working to evacuate patients by
helicopter to a medical facility on St. Croix.
On St. John, Caneel Bay is without power. The Westin St.
John Resort Villas was damaged and assessments are underway.
Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas will not reopen until
Hurricane Jose passes the area this weekend.