VIDEO: Aerial Footage By U.S. Coast Guard Shows the Devastation In St. Thomas From Hurricane Irma

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ABOVE VIDEO: Coast Guard aircrews from Puerto Rico conduct multiple damage assessment flights of ports and islands, including St. Thomas, after Hurricane Irma, Sept. 7, 2017. Coast Guard crews will continue to monitor damage and be ready to respond to search and rescue. Coast Guard video by Air Station Borinquen. (Video by Petty Officer 1st Class Luke Clayton)

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO – The Coast Guard, continues to conduct port assessments by land, air and sea of the damage caused by Hurricane Irma in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Thursday.

As of 6 p.m. Thursday, the Captain of the Port San Juan has set Port Readiness Condition FOUR for and opening the following ports in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands:

“We have made significant progress on our ports since Hurricane Irma passed, but the Port of St. Thomas was impacted severely. We have teams on the ground, air and water making navigational and port assessments of this area to ensure a quick and safe recovery,” said Capt. Eric King, commander, Sector San Juan.

“The Coast Guard is coordinating very closely with our port partners to keep them appraised of the storms impact and port conditions. We are doing everything in our power to open the ports, but we want to remind the public we must do this safely to mitigate any further damage, pollution or injury.”

Open with No Restrictions:

San Juan, Puerto Rico
Ponce, Puerto Rico
Guayanilla, Puerto Rico
Tallaboa, Puerto Rico
Guanica, Puerto Rico
Salinas, Puerto Rico
Vieques, Puerto Rico
Yabucoa, Puerto Rico
Limetree Bay, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Krause Lagoon, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

Open with Restrictions:

Guayama, Puerto Rico: Only to Tug and Barges, no ships greater than 500 gross tons, and no deep draft vessels.
Mayaguez, Puerto Rico – Daylight operations only
Culebra port is open – Daylight operations only
Christiansted, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands – Daylight operations only
St. John, Cruz Bay, U.S. Virgin Island – Ferry traffic only
St. Thomas, Redhook, U.S. Virgin Islands – Ferry traffic only

Ports in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands that remain CLOSED under Port Readiness Condition ZULU are:

Arecibo, Puerto Rico
All other ports in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Fredericksted, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands