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MARTIN PUBLIC RELATIONS LETS THE TRAVEL WORLD IN ON LENNY

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U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS, NOVEMBER 17, 1999, 4 p.m. EST – The U.S. Virgin Islands are feeling the effects of Hurricane Lenny as the storm continues to make its track through the Caribbean. According to reports from the National Weather Center, Hurricane Lenny upgraded to a category four hurricane, as of this morning, with maximum sustained winds of 135 mph. Hurricane Lenny is moving approximately 35 miles south of St. Croix in a northeastwardly direction toward the islands of the northern Lesser Antilles.
Reports indicate that telephone lines are still operable on St. John and St. Thomas, although the lines are often busy. On St. Croix some telephone lines are still open, but many are down. As of this afternoon, USVI Governor Charles Turnbull reported that there have been no reports of hurricane-related injuries. According to USVI Congresswoman Donna Christian-Christensen, FEMA reports that sufficient emergency supplies to last several days are on the ground and in Puerto Rico. Entry would be accessible by barge or airplane for delivery of supplies, if necessary. FEMA's Rapid Needs Assessment Teams are in place and on standby. The airports and seaports on St. Croix and St. Thomas remain closed at this time.
Governor Turnbull issued a territory-wide curfew at 9 p.m. yesterday, which remains in effect until further notice. Governor Turnbull will tour all three islands by helicopter tomorrow morning. Early reports indicate that St. Thomas and St. John escaped significant damage from the storm. Reports on St. Croix's conditions are expected to be available tomorrow.
For a message from Governor Charles Turnbull about the U.S. Virgin Islands, call (800) 475-6701 and enter pin # 482806.

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