The Out Islands of the Bahamas are taking a beating from Hurricane Sandy with heavy winds, rain and flooding.

All airports from Abaco to San Salvador will remain closed until the storm passes.

While the storm has moved beyond Nassau and Freeport, airports and cruise ports on those islands remained closed on Friday as well. Major air carriers serving the Bahamas have waived cancellation and change fees through Oct. 28.

In addition, cruise ships shifted course to get away from or ahead of Hurricane Sandy as it moves northward toward the U.S. East Coast this weekend.

The storm has claimed 21 lives thus far, including 11 in Santiago, Cuba and several in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and one in Jamaica.

For Caribbean and Mexico news, follow Gay Nagle Myers on Twitter @gnmtravelweekly.

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