Roatan Escapes Felix's Wrath

September 5, 2007
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As Felix -- now a tropical depression -- weakens over the mountains of Central America, we turn our attention to the island and cruise port of Roatan, off the northern coast of Honduras, which was particularly vulnerable as the storm made its approach as a Category Five hurricane.

Residents and tourists on Roatan were evacuated ahead of the storm as a precaution. Luckily, Honduras Institute of Tourism spokesman Mario Aguirre tells us that at this point there are no reports of damage on Roatan: "We're watching for flooding to the south [on mainland Honduras], but so far there are no damages to the northern coastal areas."

Indeed, continuing heavy rain could cause the same floods and mudslides that plagued Central America in 1998 after Hurricane Mitch.

One cruise itinerary that included Roatan was affected by the storm. Carnival Legend, which set sail on September 2 from Tampa, is making calls in Key West, Grand Turk and Ocho Rios instead of Cozumel, Belize and Roatan.

--by Melissa Baldwin, Managing Editor
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