The Anguilla Tourist Board recently issued an official statement assessing the damage from Hurricane Irma, which ripped through the Caribbean island during the early morning hours on Wednesday.
According to the tourist board, heavy rains and strong winds were reported island wide, but fortunately there are no reports of loss of life.
The Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport did not sustain any serious damage, although it has not yet reopened. The Blowing Point and Road Bay seaports also remain closed until further notice, according to the release.
“From all preliminary reports it appears that the major resorts are relatively intact, although many private residences sustained some damage,” according to the statement.
The Anguilla Tourist Board will continue to monitor the on-island situation and issue specific property updates as more details become available.
As islands are still assessing damage, it appears as though St. Maarten/St. Martin and St. Barts have been hit the hardest of the Caribbean islands Hurricane Irma has already passed through. In fact, Sonesta Hotels, which represents three hotels on St. Maarten, has recently issued a statement informing media that all in-house hotel guests were advised to take their passports, any pertinent medication, and comfortable clothing, and move from their hotel rooms to an internal shelter, which had been set up in line with the company’s operations plan.
According to the statement, guests and staff of all Sonesta hotels remain in on-property shelters at this time. Guests of Sonesta Ocean Point Resort and Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa are staying in conference rooms located at The Royal Islander, a vacation ownership property located in the Maho area. The Royal Islander is operated by The Maho Group, which manages Sonesta's St. Maarten hotels. Guests of Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa are staying in the internal conference rooms of the hotel. According to the statement, the hotel provided light amenities for their comfort.