Damage from Hurricane Felix reported as minimal in tourist areas

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Damage from Hurricane Felix was no repeat of damage brought on by Hurricane Mitch in 1998, which stalled over Central America for several days and cause widespread flooding and mudslides that killed more than 10,000 people, mostly in Honduras and Nicaragua.

According to the Honduras Institute of Tourism, Honduras tourism is back on track following Hurricane Felix's pass through the country.

"The storm's track and its subsequent downgrade to a tropical depression minimized damage as compared to what could have been sustained by a direct impact," said Ricardo Martinez, minister of tourism.

Honduras' Bay Islands of Roatan, Utila and Guanaja; the northern coastal cities of La Ceiba and Tela; the western town of Copan Ruinas and the Lenca Trail; and the major cities of San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa reported no damage from Hurricane Felix, according to the tourism department.

Current updates include

  • All airports except Goloson Airport in La Ceiba have reopened and extra flights from San Pedro Sula had been added to transport visitors back to the U.S.;

  • The cruise port in Roatan is fully operational and all cruise calls have resumed;

  • Land-based tour companies traveling between Tegucigalpa and the northern coast are operating normally, based on weather and road conditions, except for El Rey Express and Cristina. 
  • Meanwhile, the Nicaragua Tourism Board said Felix caused "very little damage to the tourist areas and all major airports are fully functional."

    "Fortunately, the areas with heavy tourist traffic were spared," said Yvette Batalla, sporkewoman for the NTB.

    According to published reports, the Miskito Coast, the region where Felix came ashore as a Category 5 storm with winds of about 160 mph, took a hard hit, destroying many of the buildings in the area.

    In the Pacific, minimal Hurricane Henriette moved across the Sea of Cortez en route to a second landfall on mainland Mexico.

    The storm struck the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula Tuesday and is not expected to strengthen further before making landfall again.

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

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