USVI – Heavy rain causing flooding in parts of the Island.
The ARC of the Virgin Islands opened three shelters, one in St Thomas, one in St John and the third in St Croix with an overnight population of 15. Chapter provided 100 cots, blankets and comfort kits to the shelter at St. Thomas.
US Virgin Islands / Puerto Rico – Earl dumped heavy rain and high winds that downed trees, blocked roads, closed airports and left some island residents without power in St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix, on Monday.
In a related story, Earl left thousands of residents without power, closed airports and stranded hundreds of travelers in Puerto Rico on Monday. The Governor declared a State of Emergency for the entire island.
The ARC of the Virgin Islands Chapter opened 4 shelters and provided Mass Care.
The Puerto Rico Chapter provided canteen services to support stranded travelers at the airport and assisted government partners as needed for affected-area residents.
Georgia / South Carolina / North Carolina/ Maryland/ New York/ Rhode Island – Earl became a major Category- 4 hurricane on Monday and the forecast track showed that the storm could affect many states along the East Coast within the next 72 hours.
In preparation for Earl, chapters continue to monitor the event, identify human and material resources, and communicate with government agencies and community partners.
Puerto Rico – A tropical wave brought heavy rain to Culebra and Vieques Islands, the towns of Fajardo, Ceiba, and San Lorenzo. Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands placing them under a flash flood watch yesterday. The storm is expected to bring additional rain over the next few days. Most rivers and streams have flooded their banks and many major roads impassable.
The Puerto Rico chapter has begun a preliminary assessment in the affected areas and is in the process of assisting the affected families. Chapter advises the sun is shining at the present time with some rain later today. The sun will help dry things out and they do not expect anything major to happen. They will be providing updates to the Disaster Operation Center (DOC). ARC of the Virgin Islands chapter did disaster assessment (DA) and opened one case.
Puerto Rico – Heavy rains over the last day have caused flooding from the city of Arecibo to Dorado and some surrounding areas. The flooding has so far damaged about 45 homes.
Various Puerto Rico chapter teams are evaluating and doing damage assessments in the affected areas.
San Juan, Puerto Rico - Several large gas tanks exploded causing a fire at a gasoline storage facility in San Juan this morning prompting an evacuation of residents in the affected area. The local chapter deployed a Disaster Action Team (DAT), provided bulk distribution of comfort kits (non-American Red Cross shelter), and staffed the Emergency Operation Center (EOC).
Puerto Rico/U.S. Virgin Islands- Tropical Storm Ana
A tropical storm watch remains in effect for Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Puerto Rico Chapter coordinating calls with potentially affected islands. Disaster Operations Center provided a small leadership team for support of the operation. Service Delivery Plan is being developed.
Puerto Rico – An American Eagle commuter plane crashed yesterday on a flight from San Juan to Mayaguez on Puerto Rico’s west coast.
Red Cross Disaster Mental Health volunteers provided assistance to family members. Food and snacks were provided to the first responders at the crash site.