Hurricane Matthew spurs emergency plans, hotel closures


Guests and employees at some Bahamas resorts took shelter as Hurricane Matthew churned through the Caribbean, and many hotels in the southeastern U.S. closed in accordance with mandatory evacuations. 

In the Bahamas, Atlantis Paradise Island relocated guests and employees to the hurricane shelter in the resort's convention center Wednesday night as a safety precaution.

It reported no injuries or damage as of Thursday morning, the resort said on its Facebook page.

Sandals Emerald Bay also had guests and workers take shelter; the property reported in a Thursday afternoon Twitter post that it "never lost power and guests are comfortable." Sandals also said on its Twitter feed that guests and employees at its Jamaica properties were all "safe and sound."

Meanwhile, Marriott International said in a statement Thursday that its properties in Cuba, Jamaica and Haiti reported no direct impact from the storm and that the hotels were accepting guests.

As the Category 4 hurricane churned toward Florida, InterContinental Hotels Group, for example, closed many of its hotels in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, the company said in a statement.

The storm has killed at least 100 people in the Caribbean and spurred President Barack Obama to declare a state of emergency for Florida, according to the Associated Press.

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