HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Cleanup and assessment continued on Bermuda as airlines resumed services, "carrying more insurance adjusters and hotel owners than visitors," one spokesman said.

Even as cleanup was underway, the Caribbean area was bracing for Hurricane Isabel, already a Category 4 storm packing winds of more than 135 mph.

The storm track on late Tuesday was 980 miles east of the Leeward Islands. Meteorologists expected the storm to touch land this coming weekend.

Air Services

• Delta resumed its full schedule Sept. 8 of two daily flights from Boston and Atlanta.

• US Airways offered limited service with a roundtrip flight from Philadelphia Sept. 9 and two flights from Philadelphia and Boston Sept. 10.

• American resumed its daily flight Sept. 10 from New York (Kennedy); its daily Boston flight was not yet operating.

• Continental, meanwhile, resumed its twice-daily flights from Newark Sept. 9.

The carriers' flexible travel rules permitted no-fee changes or refunds in Bermuda itineraries to Sept. 21.

On-island Transportation

Ferries and buses were running on a limited basis from noon to midnight; additional routes will resume once roads are cleared of debris.

Hotel Updates

• The 47-unit Ariel Sands will have 35 rooms operational by Sept. 22.

• Fairmont Hamilton Princess is open but offering reduced guest services and will resume taking reservations Sept. 22.

• Fairmont Southampton sustained extensive damages and is undergoing assessment. It expects to reopen by Nov. 1.

• The Sonesta Beach Resort Bermuda in Southampton Parish is closed through April.

• Pink Beach Club & Cottages in Tucker's Town is closed through March 14.

All other properties are open.

Events

Events scheduled in September and October, such as the Jazz Festival Oct. 8 to 12, may have venue changes, according to a Bermuda Department of Tourism spokesman.

Further updates can be viewed at www.bermudatourism.com.

To contact reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to [email protected].

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