BVI and USVI escape serious damage by Dorian, Bahamas and Florida prepare

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    The British Virgin Islands escaped with minimal damage following the passage of Dorian yesterday.

    According to the Caribbean Tourism Organization, the territory has resumed regular operations with banks, government offices and most other businesses re-opening soon after.

    It adds that Airports and seaports have reopened, with air and sea transportation back to their regular scheduled services.

    A more detailed damage assessment is currently being carried out.

    The US Virgin Islands also escaped major damage.

    While Dorian brought strong winds and rainfall, there was said to be very little damage to tourism infrastructure.

    Airports and seaports there have also been re-with the resumption of normal schedules.

    Dorian is now in open ocean where it is expected to become a major hurricane on Friday, and remain an extremely dangerous one through the weekend.

    An alert is in effect for the Northwest Bahamas, where Dorian is expected to make landfall by Saturday night.

    The CTO says all airports and ports on the islands remain open for business at this time, though visitors are advised to check directly with airlines, hotels and cruise lines regarding possible impacts on travel plans.

    After Dorian moves near or over portions of the northwestern Bahamas on Saturday night into Sunday, it is expected to reach the US states of Florida or southern Georgia on Monday.

    It could be a Category 4 hurricane at that time, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency for all of the state’s 67 counties.