MIAMI -- Hurricane
Ivan made a direct hit on Grenada Tuesday as a Category 4 storm
packing winds of 140 mph that killed three people, collapsed
hundreds of concrete homes, tore off roofs and devastated landmarks
in the capital of St. Georges and throughout the island of 100,000
Ivan is the most
powerful storm to hit Grenada since Hurricane Luis in 1990. Ivan
also damaged homes in Barbados, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and left
thousands in the Grenadines without electricity or phone service.
Many residents had fled to shelters.
A relief team from the
Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency, based in Barbados,
was expected to arrive in Grenada Thursday.
Damage to Grenadas
hotels and resorts was extensive, according to some unconfirmed
reports, although specific details were still to come. Although
hotel damage on most of Grenada was still being assessed, LaSource
reported that the hotel sustained some damage to the roof but all
guests and staff were safe.
After exiting Grenada,
Ivan barreled into the Caribbean Sea on a track that would take it
northwest of the Netherlands Antilles, and headed for the south
coast of Haiti and Jamaica by weeks end.
The Caribbean Tourism
Organization, based in Barbados, said that the island was spared a
direct hit, although storm force winds damaged more than 150 homes.
Most businesses on Barbados reopened Sept. 8, although schools
Half the roof of the
structure housing the retired British Airways Concorde jet donated
to Barbados last fall was torn away by winds, although the aircraft
itself was not damaged.
After more than 80
hurricane-free years, Canouan Island in the Grenadines found itself
in the path of Ivan on Sept. 7. The new Raffles Resort Canouan
Island, which held its soft opening in July, evacuated guests and
closed the resort until the storm passed and staff could assess any
Meanwhile, in the
Bahamas, officials continued to assess the damage on Grand Bahama
Island, where Hurricane Frances pounded the island for hours Sept.
Vanderpool-Wallace, director general of tourism, issued a statement
on the Bahamas Web site, at www.bahamas.com, stating that the country had
fared much better than had been predicted, although damage reports
for Grand Bahama and Abaco were still pending.
reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to [email protected].