The British Virgin Islands is in cleanup mode following a
tropical storm that dumped 17 inches of rain in 17 hours on Monday.
Hardest hit of the islands was Tortola, which had
significant damage to its road network, according to Premier Orlando Smith.
Many businesses in Road Town on Tortola had damage from
water and mud slides.
Reports from the tourist board indicted that the industry
escaped "relatively unscathed," said Sharon Flax-Brutus, director of
"Several properties that reported damage were able to
remedy the situations immediately after the weather subsided. The majority of
our land-based accommodations and yacht charter businesses are up and running.
The airports and seaports are open and functioning and ferry operators have
resumed normal schedules," she said.
On Virgin Gorda, park rangers have cleared the footpaths
leading to the Baths, a labyrinth of granite boulders on the beach, part of the
Baths National Park.