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81 Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas.  Under Clear Skies.
76%  humidity
Barometric pressure is 30.02 inches
Wind is from East at 17 MPH
No rain at WSTA in the last 24 hours. 

National Weather Service Forecast calls for: Partly to mostly cloudy skies with scattered thunderstorms mainly during the morning. High around 80F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Check the forecast for Saturday  - Showers and thundershowers in the morning followed by a chance of showers in the afternoon. High near 80F. Winds ESE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 60%. 60% chance of rain – rain don’ stop deh carnival.

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At the top of the news on !! AIR – May 2 Friday
Carnival is in full swing. Yesterday we had the best J’Ouvert in ages.  It ran from the wee hours of Thursday until it came to a natural end around 10AM with only one minor act of violence. DJ Avalanche hit the ground around 4 am with one of the bigger J'ouvert troupes, then Carnival Kaleidoscope, and then the bigger bands: Cool Session, Triple K, Volume and Poizon. There was ample police presence with officers lining the sidewalks and officers in between the bands.  It was peaceful and a lot of fun.  Oh my, what costumes !  Anyone wore anything – masks, skimpy shorts, tiny tops, scant cover and a whole lot of people got swept up in the flying paint and glitter and everyone looked like a rainbow. Everyone said – this J’ouvert was Excellent.

In recent years J’Ouvert has been marred with shootings causing its cancellation or early end.  Yesterday the male victim was stabbed sometime after 8:30 - once in his left side while dancing behind a band. He was taken by ambulance to Schneider Hospital for treatment. The Police Department did not stop J’Ouvert and it continued until it came to an end on its own. 

Today is the children's parade –at 10:00 Am from Rothschild Francis Market Square and parades to Lionel Roberts Stadium. Roads are closed all along the parade route. Government employees across the entire territory there is leave on Friday, May 2 for the Children’s Parade. All schools are closed, the university is closed, the superior and Supreme Court are closed. District Court on St. Thomas is closed. Water and power authority offices are closed, waste management authority offices closed. All banks in the district are closed today and tomorrow while the United States post office’s in all locations have normal hours today. Oh US Post Office says not tents in the area from Cardows to the Grand Hotel. No tents, no umbrellas.

Dept. Public Works is cordoning off an area on the waterfront  water pipe broke and the area is not available for parking this morning. Parking is allowed on the waterfront except where cordoned off, No parking in the disabled spaces, no parking in cross walks or ramp locations or at fire hydrants, No parking within 15 feet of the corner. In the parades today and tomorrow - No minors are allowed to drive carnival floats.  No one driving a carnival float is allowed to drink alcohol. And only police are allowed on top of the speakers on trucks. Later today the horse races at Clinton Phipps racetrack at 2:00 PM. There are parking restrictions around the track.

The Department of Human Services remind senior citizens ages 65 and older to enjoy the children and adult parade from the viewing stand located on the southeast entrance of the Franklin Roosevelt Veterans Memorial Park. Seating is based on availability and limited only to senior citizens.

Saturday is the adult parade. Look for the entry #18 and see the Good News Guy with his posse of radio students from UVI.

We have fireworks on Saturday evening at nine p.m. and again this year the carnival fireworks are a Grucci spectacular that has been organized by Left Lane productions. The fireworks barge will be located in the cove across from Carnival village. You can expect 14 minutes of fireworks on Saturday night around 9:00 PM. The best place to see it? The waterfront near Carnival Village.

Today through Saturday taxi drivers and tour operators are advised that the taxi stand in the Vendors Plaza will be closed.  Absolutely NO drop-offs or pick-ups will be permitted in the Vendor’s  Plaza area, nor will any obstruction to the flow of traffic will be tolerated. All drop-offs and pick-ups are only permitted on the taxi stand at Guttets Gade between First Bank and Pizza Hut. The Virgin Islands Taxicab Commission wishes everyone a safe and happy carnival.

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Starting yesterday -  St. Croix Landmarks Society is offering free admission to their Estate Whim Museum to veterans, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and active duty military personnel with valid ID.

St Croix has the Captain Morgan Ironman Triathlon. Some of the world's most competitive triathletes are coming to St. Croix on Sunday, May 4 for the Half Ironman 70.3 triathlon. It’s a qualifying event for the Ironman world championship in Hawaii. First a 1.24 mile swim around Christiansted harbor, then bike 56 miles around the island. Finally run 13.1 miles to east end and end at the Buccaneer Hotel. The race takes some four hours. It is one of the most challenging Ironman competitions in the world. The top 30 racers go to Hawaii for the World Championship with 1500 athletes on a course twice as long as St. Croix

We have a Jump-Up in Christiansted this evening for the Triathalon. We have Parking Restrictions and street closings in Christiansted this evening from 4:00 pm until it’s over:
No parking on King Street, or Company Street from King Cross to the Wharf.
No parking on Queen Cross Street from Company Street to the Waterfront.
No parking on Church Street, between King and Company.
If you park in the restricted areas may be ticketed or towed.
There is free parking in the National Park Service parking lot between 5:00 PM and 10:00 PM but cars left in the parking lot after 10:00 p.m. will be towed.
Traffic traveling eastward into Christiansted Town will be re-routed at King Cross Street. And cars traveling west on Hospital Street will be re-routed on Queen Street.
The Virgin Islands Police Department wishes the community a safe and enjoyable “Jump-Up.”

Jabari Blash is on his way. He has been playing in Double A minor league baseball for the Jackson Generals in the Southern League . He's hit 64 home runs, walked 221 times and checked in with a 9.6% extra base hit rate throughout the 378 games of his minor league career. In the Southern League, Blash has hit .287 in 54 games, with an 18.3% walk rate and 10.0% extra base hit rate.
Now Blash has been promoted from the Triple-A Tacoma team.  He is #21 in the Seattle Mariners prospect list.  He may be playing for the Seattle Mariners before the baseball season is over. Jabari Blash is making Good News.

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