USVI: “Little to No Impact” on Tourism From Tropical Storm Karen

The U.S. Virgin Islands reports that its tourism infrastructure sustained little to no impact from the passage of Tropical Storm Karen.

While the storm brought heavy rain, the Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas and the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix remained open with the majority of flights to St. Thomas and St. Croix arriving and departing yesterday as scheduled, the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism said. All maritime and seaplane operations have resumed. 

The tropical storm warnings for the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as the British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, were discontinued Wednesday morning. According to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Karen is still bringing heavy rain to the area as it continues to move north. The storm should move northeast through early Friday, strengthening gradually, before slowing down and making a clockwise loop over the southwestern Atlantic into the weekend. 

A number of flight change waivers remained in effect through Wednesday due to the storm, but they have since been discontinued.

Meanwhile further out in the Atlantic, Hurricane Lorenzo continues to head west-northwest. It is currently a category three hurricane with maximum sustained winds near 125 miles per hour, and it could strengthen even more today. The storm is expected to turn toward the northwest and slow slightly later Thursday, before turning toward the north on Saturday. 

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