Bahamas:Hurricane status report

NASSAU -- Bahamas tourism officials said most hotels, airports and shops were open for business.

The Sheraton Grand on Paradise Island closed for renovation following Floyd's visit. Initially, the property attempted to remain open despite damage to the building facade and the lobby roof. It is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2000.

The major hotels on Grand Bahama Island were open and suffered only minor landscape damage, officials said.

The Out Islands of San Salvador, Eleuthera and Abaco were the hardest hit with reports of structural damage to some buildings. Abaco, Cat Island, Eleuthera, Exuma and Harbour Island also experienced water damage because of heavy storm surges.

Some of the Out Island hotels have reported structural damage and will be closed for the fall season, while others emerged unscathed.

No damage, however, was reported on Andros, Bimini and Long Island.

A status report is available by calling (800) 611-3661.

The airports in San Salvador, Abaco, Cat Island, Eleuthera, Exuma and North Eleuthera were all open, and ferry service between Nassau and Eleuthera had resumed.

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