Hurricane Maria: U.S. Virgin Islands suspends recovery efforts

U.S. Virigin Islands suspended hurricane recovery efforts on the islands in order to prepare for potential landfall by Hurricane Maria on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning. Hurricane Maria is expected to strengthen to a major hurricane by Monday evening.

Storm preparation efforts on the U.S. VI are being shifted to readying shelters and distributing as much food and water to people in advance of the storm. The U.S. VI Governor is warning people most of the temporary repairs from the last hurricane will be knocked out again when Hurricane Maria strikes the islands.

Hurricane Maria will also impact other leeward islands beginning Monday, including Guadeloupe, Dominica, St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat, and Martinique.