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