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Exit Zero
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August 8, 2017 2:49 pm  

issued at 8:55 am 8/8/17
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Line department crews are being dispatched to address numerous isolated service interruptions across the island. An isolated service interuption is defined as an interruption of service to at least one customer. The pace of restoration is weather dependent. Continued high, gusting winds and rainfall activity will hamper and delay service restoration.

Areas reporting service interruptions on St. Croix include: Cotton Valley, Sally's Fancy, Lowry Hill, Mount Welcome / Schooner Bay / Gallows Bay, Orange Grove Villas, Golden Rock, La Grande Princesse, Morning Star, Estate St. John, Constitution Hill, Judith's Fancy, Concordia East, Clairmont, Mary's Fancy, Mon Bijou, Annas Hope, Barren Spot, Ruby, Castle Burke, La Reine, Aureo Diaz Heights, Profit Hills, Bethlehem Village, St. George Hill and St. George's, Grove Place, Upper Love, La Grange Two Williams, Estate Plessen, Annaly, Mount Victory and Prospect Hill.

Areas reporting service interruptions on St. Thomas include: Bonne Esperance, Lindbergh Bay, Smith Bay, Hospital Ground, Norre Gade, Lilliendahl & Marienhoj, and St. Peter.

Service interruptions on St. John are reported at: Chocolate Hole, Hansen Bay / Haulover.

WAPA is committed to restoring service to all customers as quickly and as safely as possible. At the present time all feeders are functional and there has been no interruption of power production at either the Estate Richmond power plant on St. Croix or the Randolph Harley power plant on St. Thomas.


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Scubadoo
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August 8, 2017 2:52 pm  

We got power back on in Pelican Cove around midnight.


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islandjoan
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August 8, 2017 3:40 pm  

Continued high, gusting winds and rainfall activity will hamper and delay service restoration.

That ended early this morning and it has been calm since then.


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STTsailor
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August 8, 2017 3:54 pm  

Let's put it in perspective. We are in the trade winds zone. Normal wind speed here is 20-25 miles. During last storm we maybe experienced 40 miles at most gusting 50.

If real storm hits the winds can hit 150-200 miles per hour.
Where is WAPA going to be then? No electric for months?


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rosesisland
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August 8, 2017 4:40 pm  

Well, la Grange and Little la Grange were not listed and we are still out. We've been out since 8pm last night.


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rosesisland
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August 8, 2017 4:45 pm  

Well, shoot me, I see now la Grange is on that list. I just came from Christiansted and all the stop lights were working. I didn't see one WAPA truck.


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stxsailor
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August 8, 2017 4:58 pm  

"STTsailor
Let's put it in perspective. We are in the trade winds zone. Normal wind speed here is 20-25 miles. During last storm we maybe experienced 40 miles at most gusting 50.

If real storm hits the winds can hit 150-200 miles per hour.
Where is WAPA going to be then? No electric for months?"

YEP!


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Alana33
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August 8, 2017 8:33 pm  

"STTsailor
Let's put it in perspective. We are in the trade winds zone. Normal wind speed here is 20-25 miles. During last storm we maybe experienced 40 miles at most gusting 50.

If real storm hits the winds can hit 150-200 miles per hour.
Where is WAPA going to be then? No electric for months?"

YEP!

Been there, done that!
Months indeed without electricity.
Years in some cases without phones, cable TV, etc.
Only one radio station on STT survived hurricane Marilyn in 95.
NOT FUN!


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East Ender
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August 8, 2017 11:10 pm  

I remember spinning through the radio dial the morning after Marilyn and everything was in Spanish. I didn't think any stations came through unscathed? Two months without electricity, 6 months without phone, and 3 years without cable TV. It's not fun, but it can be done. I wonder what would happen today? No cell phones. People would have to talk to each other again. 😉


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Alana33
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August 8, 2017 11:59 pm  

Lucky 13 was the only station broadcasting the morning after Marilyn on Sept. 15, 1995. I was without WAPA power from that night until just a couple days before Christmas. Luckily, plodded along with a small gas generator that we got right after Hugo. Just enough to run a couple lights, water pump, refrigerator, ceiling fan, hot water heater when necessary but not 24/7. Thank God for propane stoves! Lugging gas, ice, refueling generator, shopping for groceries, etc. was a major pain in the @$$.
Then there was curfew, etc. Honestly, it's not anything I'd ever want to do again which is what I said after Hurricane Hugo in 89.
It's something we can ALL do without.


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