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Latin America U.S. Virgin Islands

  • PONCE, Puerto Rico, Sept 18- The fourth major Atlantic hurricane of the year, Maria, strengthened into a rare Category 5 storm, as it churned through the eastern Caribbean, bearing down on the tiny island nation of Dominica while on a likely collision course with the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The center of the storm, described by the NHC as "potentially...

  • BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Sept 18- The fourth major Atlantic hurricane of the year, Maria, gathered strength on Monday as it churned through the eastern Caribbean, bearing down on the tiny island nation of Dominica while on a likely collision course with the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. The center of the storm located about 45 miles east-southeast of Dominica as of 5...

  • BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Sept 18- A rapidly strengthening Hurricane Maria barreled towards the eastern Caribbean islands with 125 mile-per-hour winds on Monday, threatening the region with its second major storm this month. Officials from French-controlled Martinique to the U.S. Virgin Islands warned residents to prepare for the storm, now ranked by U.S....

  • Gov. Kenneth Mapp: Federal aid is here but we need more help in the US Virgin Islands

    U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp discusses the destruction across the archipelago from Hurricane Irma, especially on the islands of St. John and St. Thomas.

  • Alice Barber gets emotional as she surveys the damage caused by Hurricane Irma to her trailer home in Immokalee, Fla., on Sept. 11, 2017.

    Some residents who fled Hurricane Irma are slowly returning to find their homes and neighborhoods destroyed.

  • MEXICO CITY, Sept 8- Hurricane Irma's deadly tear through the Caribbean will hobble the region's multi-billion dollar tourism industry for months, just as hotels, airlines, and cruises were gearing up for the region's peak winter season. The region's busiest travel season runs from mid-December to Easter, when Americans, Canadians and Europeans leave behind...

  • MEXICO CITY, Sept 8- Hurricane Irma's deadly tear through the Caribbean will hobble the region's multi-billion dollar tourism industry for months, just as hotels, airlines, and cruises were gearing up for the region's peak winter season. The region's busiest travel season runs from mid-December to Easter, when Americans, Canadians and Europeans leave behind...

  • With Irma set to hit Florida as early as Saturday night, parts of Florida was expected to lose electricity for days, if not longer, and more than 100,000 people may need shelter, FEMA Administrator Brock Long warned at a news conference. "Hurricane Irma continues to be a threat that is going to devastate the United States in either Florida or some of the southeastern...

  • With Irma set to hit Florida as early as Saturday night, parts of Florida was expected to lose electricity for days, if not longer, and more than 100,000 people may need shelter, FEMA Administrator Brock Long warned at a news conference. "Hurricane Irma continues to be a threat that is going to devastate the United States in either Florida or some of the southeastern...

  • With Irma set to hit Florida as early as Saturday, FEMA Administrator Brock Long warned at a news conference that parts of Florida would be out of electricity for days, if not longer, and that more than 100,000 people may need shelter. "Hurricane Irma continues to be a threat that is going to devastate the United States in either Florida or some of the Southeastern...

  • Cars piled on top of one another in Marigot, near the Bay of Nettle, on the French Collectivity of Saint Martin, after the passage of Hurricane Irma.

    Hurricane Irma is now moving toward the Florida coast, as the Caribbean islands begin the task of assessing the damage.

  • The International Space Station’s external cameras captured a dramatic view of Hurricane Irma as it moved across the Atlantic Ocean Sept. 5.

    The U.S. Virgin Islands for years redirected money intended to help pay insurance claims after large disasters for other needs.

  • Sept 6- The U.S. Virgin Islands for years redirected money intended to help pay insurance claims after large disasters for other needs, raising the vulnerability of residents as Hurricane Irma ravishes the territory. During years of yawning budget deficits, the U.S. protectorate tapped the V.I. Insurance Guaranty Fund to pay for other public services,...

  • Hurricane Irma, possibly the most forceful Atlantic storm in a century, was heading for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Tuesday.

  • Sept 4- Hurricane Irma, barreling toward the Caribbean and the southern United States, was upgraded to a powerful Category 4 storm on Monday as islands in its path braced for a possible onslaught. Hurricane advisories were issued for territories that dot the West Indies, including parts of the Leeward Islands, the British and U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, in...

  • Sept 4- Hurricane Irma, barreling toward the Caribbean and the southern United States, was upgraded to a powerful Category 4 storm on Monday as islands in its path braced for a possible onslaught. Hurricane advisories were issued for territories that dot the West Indies, including parts of the Leeward Islands, the British and U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, in...

  • CROIX, V.I., Aug 2- For a glimpse at the precarious financial health of this Caribbean island, visit its public hospital. For years the U.S. Virgin Islands funded essential public services with help from Wall Street. Trouble in neighboring Puerto Rico, which recently filed for a form of bankruptcy after a string of debt defaults, has investors worried that the U.S....

  • CROIX, V.I., Aug 2- For a glimpse at the precarious financial health of this Caribbean island, visit its public hospital. For years the U.S. Virgin Islands funded essential public services with help from Wall Street. Trouble in neighboring Puerto Rico, which recently filed for a form of bankruptcy after a string of debt defaults, has investors worried that the U.S....

  • People walk past murals protesting the state of economy on May 15, 2017 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, as the former Spanish colony of 3.5 million, now a US territory, struggles under a mountain of debt.

    Puerto Rico's bankrupty will be the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, easily surpassing Detroit's default, NBC reports.

  • LONDON, June 4- Three major London hospitals said on Sunday that they were on lockdown after attacks near London Bridge late on Saturday in which up to seven people are feared dead. "Due to the ongoing incident in central London, Guy's, St Thomas'& zEvelinaLondon are on lockdown to keep patients, relatives and staff safe," the authority that runs the hospitals said on...