GEORGE TOWN, Grand Cayman -- It's business as usual in the Cayman Islands, despite a close brush with Hurricane Michelle Nov. 4. Dive and scuba trips resumed two days after the seas calmed.

Water sports quickly resumed normal operations in the Cayman Islands after a brief but windy encounter from offshore Hurricane Michelle earlier this month. The Cayman Islands Tourism Association hosted a group of dive operators four days after the storm, and a water-sports festival took place a week later. The weather system passed 140 miles west of Grand Cayman.

Although the west coast of Grand Cayman experienced strong storm surges and tides, damage was limited to street debris and localized flooding of ground floor units at several condominium complexes.

The harbor in George Town sustained waterfront damage, which has been repaired.

Tourism officials said the Cayman Turtle Farm, located in Northwest Point along the island's west coast, suffered significant damage from flooded tanks. Residents and volunteers relocated many of the turtles. The retail shop reopened, but the farm is still closed. All other attractions were unaffected.

The Sister Islands of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, northeast of Grand Cayman, had little damage. Agents with clients booked to the Cayman Islands should contact specific properties for up-to-date information. Additional contacts include CITA at (345) 949-8522 and the Sister Islands Tourism Association at (345) 948-2266. The Cayman Islands' Web site is at www.caymanislands.ky.

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