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Coral Bay, on the eastern end of St. John, is home to an active sailing community. For months, the Coast Guard has been using a crane boat and barge to retrieve sunken vessels. Greg Allen/NPR hide caption

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Trunk Bay on St. John. The U.S. Virgin Islands were hit hard by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Tourism — a large part of the economy — declined as a result, but people are starting to return. Greg Allen/NPR hide caption

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Visitors Slowly Returning To Virgin Islands After Hurricanes' Destruction

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Clockwise from top left: Flooding from Hurricane Harvey in Texas. A victim of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Rescuers search for survivors after the earthquake in Mexico. Monsoon flooding in India. Top Left: Emily Kask Top Right: Carolyn Cole Bottom Left: Diptendu Dutta Bottom Right: Pedro Pardo/Getty Images hide caption

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Top Left: Emily Kask Top Right: Carolyn Cole Bottom Left: Diptendu Dutta Bottom Right: Pedro Pardo/Getty Images

What The Pileup Of U.S. Disasters Means For The World

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Residents seek shelter inside Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico, early on Wednesday, as Hurricane Maria struck the island. Hector Retamal /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The sun glares down on a severely damaged apartment unit in a St. Thomas high-rise on Tuesday. Many residents say they lost everything to the Category 5 storm, and days later they're still grappling with how to respond to the rampant destruction. Michael Nagle/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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A man walks past debris Sunday on St. Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Days after Hurricane Irma smashed through the U.S. territory on its way to Florida, residents say they barely recognize their homes. Ricardo Arduengo/AP hide caption

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The Land of Love And Drowning follows a family living in the U.S. Virgin Islands in the early 20th century. Brennan Linsley/AP hide caption

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'Love And Drowning' In The U.S. Virgin Islands

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