St Lucia survives Hurricane Dean largely unscathed

St Lucia survives Hurricane Dean largely unscathedThe Caribbean island of St Lucia has survived the worst of Hurricane Dean, with its airports still operational and hotels undertaking only small-scale repair work, tourist authorities have confirmed.

The dual airports on the northern and southern tips of the island, which withstood the hurricane currently tearing through Mexico, have reopened for business and the frequency of air services has been upped in order to compensate passengers whose arrival was delayed.

Electricity has been restored to the island and roads connecting the north and south of St Lucia are open, confirmed director of tourism Maria Fowell, after the hurricane tore past the north of the island as a Category 2 storm.

The island, famed for its tropical climate and white sand beaches, is "open for business," stressed tourism minister Allen Chastanet.

"Our prayers are with our brothers and sisters in the eastern Caribbean who have been affected by this storm," he added.

Earlier indications suggest that a string of tourist spots have been mercifully spared the worst of the hurricane’s wrath, with Barbados, St Kitts and the Cayman Islands reporting less damage than feared.

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