Hurricane Death Toll Rises To 13
Nov. 25, 1999
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts (AP) _ The death toll from Hurricane Lenny rose to 13 Wednesday after police in St. Kitts called off the search for a man missing at sea for more than a week.
Police Superintendent Ivor Blake said the victim had been with four others when their boat sank near the Caribbean island in the storm. The four were rescued.
The U.S. Coast Guard, meanwhile, also called off its search for Steve Righby of New York, who had been sailing off the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix when his boat sank. A companion, Carl Wake 43, of Bradenton, Fla., drowned. However, officials said they weren't listing Righby as dead, saying there was still a small possibility he could be alive.
Lenny charged through the eastern Caribbean last week, leaving millions of dollars worth of damage with wind, flooding and waves.
In the U.S. Virgin Islands, the federal government has offered to give the islands $10 million in disaster aid, said congressional delegate Donna Christian-Christensen. The U.S. territory had hurricane damage estimated at $31.5 million.
Neighboring Puerto Rico has promised to send work crews to help restore electricity on St. Croix, the hardest hit of the Virgin Islands, said government spokesman James O'Bryan. Nearly one-third of St. Croix's 54,300 residents were still without power Wednesday.