None of the hotels in Nevis are reporting any significant damage after Hurricane Irma made its way through the island Wednesday morning.
According to a Nevis Tourism Authority news release, initial reports out of Nevis are positive as Hurricane Irma moves away from the island, although the damage is still being assessed.
Initial observations from Four Seasons Resort Nevis, the island's largest resort, are that the resort is in excellent shape and all areas are generally dry. Hermitage Inn, too, is reporting just general debris and no structural damage.
Nisbet Plantation Beach Club has experienced no serious issues following the hurricane, other than damage to some trees and debris. The Great House remains in ideal condition, as do the guest cottages.
“We are extremely fortunate to have fared as well as we have given the size of this monstrous storm,” says General Manager Tim Thuell, who is also the chairman of the board for the Nevis Tourism Authority. “Our thoughts turn now to clean up and to the safety and well-being of our Caribbean neighbors and friends who are still in harm’s way,” he says.
It is anticipated that the Nevis Tourism Authority offices will be open tomorrow and further updates will be available as the island is further assessed.
According to the Nevis Tourism Authority, it is expected that electricity will be back this evening or tomorrow. The Category 5 storm passed close to the island, although it was not a direct hit, so damage has fortunately been minimal.
As far as the rest of the Caribbean goes, it appears as though St. Barts and St. Martin have been hit the hardest by Hurricane Irma in the early stages. In St. Barts, the fire station is under three feet of water and fire engines are out of service with firefighters taking refuge of the first floor, according to the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO). Several homes have been damaged and roofs blown off. There is also a total electricity blackout.
In St. Martin, government offices have been partly destroyed, according to the CTO. The fire station has also been damaged and the island has been without electricity since 6 a.m. this morning. Police have also reported several roofs have blown off in the storm, according to the CTO.