Bermuda was recovering Sunday from the wrath of Hurricane Fabian, a category 3 storm that was the worst to hit the island in 40 to 50 years.
Bermuda International Airport was slated to re-open late Sunday afternoon; many hotels and shoreline restaurants and bars suffered severe damage, according to published reports.
Among the casualties, the Fairmont Southampton reportedly suffered extensive damage, and at the Sonesta Beach Resort, the roof, rooms and restaurant took heavy blows.
The Bermuda Dept. of Tourism confirmed that those two properties are temporarily closed, as is the Pink Beach Club.
“Tourism entities are in the process of determining the extent of the damage Fabian caused and are working to restore a sense of normalcy as quickly as possible,” the Tourism Dept. said. “As of Sunday, crews were working to restore electrical power to those areas most affected by the storm. Telephone service was restored early on Saturday and road crews were repairing damage to the causeway connecting the rest of the island to the airport.”
In addition, the recently refurbished Mickey`s and Caf? Lido restaurants at Elbow Beach were totaled, reports said.