"The Moorings for example, who has some hard hits, we expect them to get back by the end of the year and start doing charters and get the tourism business back on track as soon as possible", Vanterpool said.
As of Friday, the Puerto Rico Convention Center has 30 people registered as staying at their facility, according to general manager Jorge Perez.
Finally, U.S. Virgin Islands has a $357 million liability arising from health care and other benefits it provides to retired former employees, but it does not pre-fund these benefits. On Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands, one resident told CNN that he was waiting at a gas station when a man on a scooter cut the line of cars and pulled out a gun.
"The signs of hope are certainly very evident in many of our member states", Ronald Jackson, the head of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), said during a Thursday press conference broadcast on Facebook.
But Mr Duncan said he "wholeheartedly and comprehensively reject the criticism".
Other families made similar plans.
St. Thomas resident Laci Rivers, 33, was waiting on board the Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas, eager to bring her two small children to safety after days of uncertainty. "It's completely destroyed. Nobody has anything left".
The problem with all this storm coverage-which has dominated broadcast, print, and digital reporting for the better part of two weeks-has been a stubborn lack of precision regarding what is the United States.
"This was a large, extremely unsafe catastrophic hurricane", National Hurricane Center spokesman and meteorologist Dennis Feltgen said Wednesday, when he declared the storm over.
However, Matanzas, Sancti Spiritus, Villa Clara, Ciego de Avila provinces, with 2.3 million inhabitants, have reported the most significant problems with power supply.
Providing water and relief supplies in all three countries remain a priority, Jackson said.
However, the 33-year-old was saved by her friend, who pushed the appliance into the direction of the wind. Prominent resident Richard Branson is heading a "Disaster Recovery Marshall Plan" in partnership with the British Red Cross and the government of the United Kingdom to rebuild homes, restore power and get clean water and food to residents.
Rivers said her auto was broken into with a hammer, items were stolen from the flattened sushi restaurant where she worked, and she saw fights break out in St. Thomas among increasingly desperate people jostling for food and water.
She and almost 100 other people, 10 dogs and two cats were picked up by the U.S. Coast Guard in St. John and taken to St. Thomas, where they boarded the cruise ship that brought them to San Juan.
"The Leeward Islands are going to get destroyed", Colorado State University meteorology professor and noted hurricane expert Phil Klotzbach said.