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
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.
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
except Goloson Airport in La Ceiba have reopened and extra flights
from San Pedro Sula had been added to transport visitors back to
The cruise port
in Roatan is fully operational and all cruise calls have
companies traveling between Tegucigalpa and the northern coast are
operating normally, based on weather and road conditions, except
for El Rey Express and Cristina.
Nicaragua Tourism Board said Felix caused "very little damage to
the tourist areas and all major airports are fully
areas with heavy tourist traffic were spared," said Yvette Batalla,
sporkewoman for the NTB.
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.
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