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TURNBULL ASSESSES DAMAGE, CURFEW TO REMAIN ON ST. CROIX

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Gov. Charles W. Turnbull, after personally surveying St. Thomas Thursday, said damage was minimal and that all government offices in the St. Thomas-St. John District would reopen on Friday.
St. John administrator Julien Harley reported minimal damage on that island as well, according to Turnbull.
Based on contact with both Lt. Gov. Gerard Luz James II and St. Croix administrator Rupert Ross, Turnbull said, the curfew on St. Croix would remain in place until 7 a.m. Friday. Then it will be reinstated at 4 p.m. and lifted again at 7 a.m. Saturday.
The curfew on St. Thomas and St. John was lifted at noon Wednesday.
If weather conditions permit, Turnbull will fly to St. Croix Friday to meet with James to conduct an aerial survey of the Big Island. He expects to be joined on St. Croix by Pedro Rossello, governor of Puerto Rico, who has offered assistance to the storm-ravaged island.
Public schools will reopen Monday on St. Thomas and St. John, but principals, assistant principals and maintenance and custodial workers are to report to their schools Friday on St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix to conduct assessments.
Turnbull did not say when St. Croix schools or government offices would reopen.
The governor asked that assessment reports for St. Thomas-St. John District schools be turned in to St. Thomas Insular Superintendent Rosalia Payne at the Laga Building by noon Friday.
On St. Croix, reports are to be submitted to Doreen Michael, assistant Education commissioner, at V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency headquarters, also by noon Friday.
As of 5 p.m. Thursday, hurricane warnings for the U.S. Virgin Islands had been lifted as Hurricane Lenny moved away from the islands in an easterly direction taking it very close to Sint Maarten.

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