Hurricane Frances Loses Strength

Ivan Scores Direct Hit in Caribbean

Hurricane Frances may have left Florida, but Hurricane Ivan showed up soon after, scoring a direct hit on Grenada last week as the most powerful storm to hit the island since Hurricane Luis in 1990. Ivan also damaged homes in Barbados, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and left thousands in the Grenadines without electricity or phone service. Meanwhile, it was going to take the cruise industry a week to recover from Frances’ after-effects, particularly for ships departing from Port Canaveral.

Most affected cruise lines provided transportation to and from the ships to the parking garages in Port Canaveral and to Orlando International Airport while Port Canaveral is closed.

Damage to Grenada’s hotels and resortswas extensive, according to some reports, although specific details were sketchy at press time. The LaSource resort reported some damage to the roof but that all guests and staff were safe. Tourism officials said AP reported that damage was severe, with nine confirmed deaths and scores of destroyed homes and properties. Phone lines were down, so it was difficult to retrieve official information at press time.

After exiting Grenada, Ivan was on track for the south coast of Haiti and Jamaica by the end of last week.