MIAMI -- With Dennis no longer a menace to the Caribbean or U.S., aside from soaking rains and the threat of flash floods in the Midwest and Ohio Valley this week, tourism officials took stock of damage from last weeks fourth named storm of this already busy hurricane season.

In the Caribbean, Cuba and Haiti fared the worst with a total of 10 people killed in eastern Cuba and 22 in Haiti as well as massive flooding and destruction.

Both the Cayman Islands and Jamaica emerged wet but intact as Dennis veered north of the islands on its track to Cuba.

Sandals and Beaches Resorts Chairman Gordon Butch Stewart said that guests who were at his Jamaica properties on July 7 will receive a three-night complimentary return stay at a Sandals or Beaches resort of their choice. The stay, which excludes air fare, must be taken within one year.

Even though we dont control Mother Nature, we provide our customers with the best all-inclusive vacation under the sun, Stewart said.

All SuperClubs guests in Jamaica were covered by its Guaranteed Getaways policy, which includes a No Hurricane Guarantee. As a result, SuperClubs awarded vouchers to all affected guests equivalent to the total number of nights of their stay that was disrupted by Hurricane Dennis.

In addition, guests who were scheduled to leave but were unable to on July 7 because flights were cancelled and airports closed in Montego Bay and Kingston received a free night's stay. Guests who had been scheduled to arrive that day but were unable to also received vouchers, which allowed them to extend their stay for the same number of nights that had been disrupted. If they were unable to extend, the voucher was good towards a future stay next year. In every case, the vouchers were issued for the same number of nights that were disrupted by Dennis.

Meanwhile, massive cleanup operations in the Florida Panhandle and Alabama Gulf Coast are underway. In addition, portions of Alabama, Mississippi and Florida were declared federal disaster areas following landfall of Dennis July 10.

Hurricane Dennis, which came ashore at Santa Rosa Island in the Florida Panhandle as a Category 3 storm packing winds of up to 120 mph, struck about 50 miles east of where Hurricane Ivan struck last September -- and cleanup was still ongoing.

Meanwhile, the National Hurricane Center was monitoring a tropical depression well east of the Windward Islands. If it continues to strengthen, it could become Emily, the fifth-named storm of this early, active hurricane season.

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