GEORGE TOWN, Grand Cayman --- Cleanup efforts are under way in the
Caribbean in the wake of Hurricane Michelle's swath through parts
of Central America, Cuba, the Cayman Islands and the Bahamas.
Despite threats to Florida and mandatory evacuations in the
Florida Keys, the storm produced rain and wind gusts but little
Hurricane Michelle whipped through the western end of Cuba,
uprooting trees, blowing debris and causing power blackouts in and
around Havana. However, Varadero, an important beach resort area
east of Havana, had little damage.
Cuban leader Fidel Castro inspected the beaches after the storm
passed and reassured visitors that the area was open for
In the Cayman Islands, most of the damage was limited to the
west coast of Grand Cayman, which sustained storm surges and wave
pounding. Roads were flooded and parts of Seven Mile Beach were
The holding tanks at the Turtle Farm, a major attraction near of
George Town, the capital, were flooded. Residents helped move
hundreds of turtles to land-side tanks.
Atlantis Submarine Excursions were set to resume business Nov.
7, once the seas calmed down. Cayman Brac and Little Cayman,
northeast of Grand Cayman, had little damage.
Winds from Hurricane Michelle had lessened in intensity by the
time the storm crossed over Nassau, Bahamas, dumping several inches
of rain. Residents were urged to take cover during the storm, but
initial reports afterwards indicated no major damage.