NEW YORK -- Much of the eastern Caribbean felt the wrath of Hurricane Georges, whose winds were clocked up to 120 mph on Monday.

Initial assessments showed less damage than earlier predicted, although thousands of islanders took refuge in shelters; utility lines and trees toppled, and wooden and galvanized tin roofs ripped from homes.

American, Delta and USAirways canceled all flights into Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands on Monday and Tuesday. American Eagle flights serving the other islands also were disrupted.

On Antigua, Sandals Antigua Resort & Spa sustained "cosmetic damage" and will close for repairs, reopening Dec. 1. Under Sandals' hurricane insurance policy, all guests whose vacations were disrupted by Georges get full replacement trips. The Four Seasons Resort Nevis will close through October for water and landscaping repairs.

Puerto Rico and the U.S.V.I. instituted 8 p.m. curfews until the storm danger passed. Gov. Pedro Possello of Puerto Rico also banned all liquor store sales until further notice.

Most islands from St. Lucia northward lost telephone service for a time on Monday.

Sketchy reports indicated local flooding, wind damage, some beach erosion and damage to sea walls and private homes.

The Caribbean Tourism Conference, set for Sept. 23 to 26 in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, is taking place as scheduled, although some tourism delegations may be absent.

Tropical storm Ivan is next in line, although it remains far out in the Atlantic.

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