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US Virgin Islands St. Thomas hotels severely damaged: Tourists under curfew

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Many hotels on the island of St. Thomas, as well as St. John, in the US Virgin Islands have been extremely hard hit by Hurricane Irma. Many anticipate being closed for months, and thousands of tourists are stranded.

The Windward Passage Hotel said on its facebook page: Due to Hurricane Irma, the Windward Passage Hotel will be closing for 6 months.

Sugar Bay Resort & Spa also sustained significant property damage, forcing its closure through the end of this year – December 31, 2017. The resort’s facebook page stated: We just wanted everyone to know that all guests and employees of the Sugar Bay Resort & Spa are safe and sound post Hurricane Irma. Communications and power are still down and/or limited due to the effects of the storm around the island, but please be informed that we are all safe.

See video footage of some of the destruction in St. Thomas.

courtesy of Robik Football/YouTube

Kenneth Mapp, Governor of the US Virgin Islands, reported that fire and police stations are now collapsed, and the main hospital in St. Thomas has sustained heavy damage.

Authorities are distributing emergency food and water, and other supplies, and evacuating hospital patients to Puerto Rico and elsewhere. A curfew remains in effect, including about 5,000 tourists.

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