Puerto Rico dodged the bullet and did not take a direct hit from Dorian as the storm's shifting track passed to the northeast of the island on Wednesday, without causing any significant lasting damage.

Most government agencies, businesses and tourist attractions resumed normal operations on Thursday, according to Brad Dean, CEO of Puerto Rico's Destination Marketing Organization.

"Travelers planning to visit Puerto Rico can be confident that their plans will not be affected," Dean said.
Hotels, including those in Vieques and Culebra, are operational. Airports and cruise ports are open, and airlines and cruise lines have resumed normal operations.

Dorian's passage through the U.S. Virgin Islands caused temporary islandwide blackouts in St. Thomas and St. John and scattered outages in St. Croix.

"The worst part of the storm was the surprise element. St. Thomas went from not being even mentioned for three days before Dorian to being whacked at the last minute," said Richard Doumeng, general manager of Bolongo Bay Beach Resort on the island's south coast.

"We were serving a group a buffet lunch when the storm hit. There's been no room damage, but some damage to landscaping and a few trees with a minimal tidal surge. The south side (Caribbean side) was definitely more impacted, but we still somehow consider ourselves lucky," he said.

There were no reports of serious damage in the British Virgin Islands, according to preliminary reports immediately after the storm's passing on Wednesday evening.

Gov. Augustus Jaspert said crews began clearing roads and inspecting infrastructure immediately after the storm passed over. Electricity has been restored in several areas of Tortola.

A more detailed assessment is currently being carried out, but the territory has resumed normal business operations at banks, government offices and most other businesses, according to the BVI Tourist Board.

Airports and seaports are open with regularly scheduled services. Domestic ferries resumed normal service on Thursday as have ferry services between Tortola and St. Thomas.

"Thankfully, there was little negative impact from the storm. Airports, which were closed as required when sustained winds reach 40 knots, have reopened, and the few countries impacted in the eastern Caribbean are again welcoming visitors," said Frank Comito, CEO and director general of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA).

Hurricane Dorian's current track could take it to the north of Great Abaco and Grand Bahama in the Bahama islands on Friday before making landfall in Florida as a possible Category 4 storm this weekend, according to the National Hurricane Center.


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