CaribWorldNews, BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, weds. Sept. 1, 2010: The St. Kitts Tourism Authority last night insisted the island only sustained minimal damage from the passage of Hurricane Earl on Monday, August 30th.
The Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport and the island`s Port Zante cruise pier were reopened early Tuesday morning and are conducting business as usual, the Authority said.
Officials said slight damagers from the storm included some downed power lines and trees but beaches remain in good condition. One of St. Kitts` leading restaurants, Marshall`s, however, experienced both wind and water damage and is expected to be closed for repairs temporarily.
But the Authority said: `There has been no significant damage to hotels and all remain open for business.`
`We are fortunate that Hurricane Earl passed us so far to the north, as this was potentially a very dangerous storm,` said Senator Ricky Skerritt, Minister of Tourism & International Transport. `Following a thorough, island-wide assessment, I am pleased to report that all visitors are safe, the island`s tourism product remains well intact, and clean-up efforts are nearly complete in affected areas. We are back to business as usual on island.`
At 11 p.m. last night, Earl was moving toward the northwest near 15 mph with the core of the hurricane expected to be passing well east and northeast of the Turks And Caicos Islands tonight and northeast of the Bahamas tomorrow.