Anguilla was one of the Leeward Islands in the northeastern Caribbean that took a direct hit from Hurricane Irma, and many resorts were damaged as well 90% of the electricity infrastructure, according to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency. 

Relief supplies and manpower are arriving from the U.K. (Anguilla is a British overseas territory) to aid in the recovery efforts. For the first few days, Anguillans had nothing -- no power, water, food, shelter and few means of communication with the outside world.

Regional carriers now can land at the small Clayton Lloyd Airport, which is open from sunrise to sunset for emergency and charter flights. Anguilla Air Services is currently transporting people to the island.

Many resorts are still assessing damage. Here is the current update:

• Carimar Beach Club. Cleanup has started and the resort will advise of a future reopening date.

• CeBlue Villas & Beach Resort. There were no guests when Irma hit. Cleanup and damage repair have begun.

• Fountain Anguilla. Building and grounds are intact although some of the units had damage from debris hitting the windows. The property hopes to reopen for the busy season.

• CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa and The Reef by CuisinArt. "It is with great sadness that we advise our guests and friends that CuisinArt and The Reef were significantly affected by Hurricane Irma. We are presently assessing the full extent of damage," said Stephane Zaharia, vice president and general manager. "We are committed to restoring, rebuilding and reopening. We cannot determine when we will reopen until engineers have assessed the damage and restoration is underway." The storm coincided with the annual closure period, so there were no guests on either property.

• Malliouhana, an Auberge Resort. No major structural damage and it plans to reopen after cleanup.

• Quintessence. This is a new luxury boutique resort that has now delayed its original Nov. 1 opening date due to damage from Irma.

• Zemi Beach House. The property had closed to guests in advance of the storm. "The property held strong during the hurricane, but the timing of reopening is uncertain as we are still assessing the situation," said Frank Pierce, director of sales and marketing.

• Neveah (Heaven spelled backwards) Villa. Management described the villas as being "built like a fortress and suffered only cosmetic damage. Cleanup of the grounds is underway."

• Sunset Home Properties. Spyglass Hill will be ready for reopening on Nov. 1. Little Butterfly survived intact.

• Bird of Paradise was designed to withstand 200 mph winds. There was cosmetic damage as well as damage to two gates and landscaping.

• Sandcastle Villa, which sustained minor cosmetic damage, will open to guests on Nov. 15. All bookings through will include full breakfast, and 10% of the room rate will go to the Red Cross of Anguilla.

• The Four Season Resort Anguilla is currently not accepting reservations as part of its annual closure through Oct. 19. The reopening date is subject to change as management continues to assess the impact from the storm.

Anguilla's restaurants sustained some heavy wind and rain damage.

• Blanchards had moderate damage and Blanchards Beach Shack needs cleanup and some repairs. The owners expect to reopen as soon as the major resorts reopen.

• daVida Restaurant & Bayside. The main restaurant is intact, but the canopy on the second floor was lost. The bar at Bayside is intact, but the dining area has to be rebuilt.

• Sunshine Shack was destroyed, but owner Garvey said he will rebuild. Pumphouse and Mango's were destroyed, Dune Preserve, Elvis' Beach Bar, Dolce Vita and Ripples had severe damage.

• Jacala, Geraud's Patisserie and Grands Vins de France survived. John's, Dads and Picante are standing but require repairs.

This report was updated Thursday morning.


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