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September 8, 2017

Hurricane Irma Spares Puerto Rico Convention Center

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Map showing Hurricane Irma's forecast path as of Friday afternoon. // Map by The National Hurricane Center

The Puerto Rico Convention Center and most of the island’s hotels are fully operational after Hurricane Irma passed the destination, Meet Puerto Rico reports. 

Most of the damage was restricted to debris, the organization said, which is being removed. The Luis Munoz Marin International Airport has resumed flight operations, as well as car rentals and other airport services. 

Power outages are still present throughout the island, but island services and many hotels are running on backup generators. Other attractions, such as parks and beaches, are being assessed for cleanup efforts. 

“After an early assessment this morning, we can attest to the fact that nearly all hotels in Puerto Rico are operational and apt to continue receiving guests,” said Jose Izquierdo, executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, in a written release. “The public and private sectors worked together to implement emergency plans. Hotels and tourist attractions across the island implemented safety measures before the storm that have allowed them to recover quickly…Our thoughts are with our Caribbean neighbors who have also been impacted by this storm and those on the U.S. mainland who may still be in harm’s way.”

The powerful hurricane is currently near Cuba and the central Bahamas, where it should remain through Saturday, according to the National Hurricane Center. Maximum sustained winds are near 155 mph, making it a category 4 storm. While some fluctuations in intensity are likely over the next two days, Irma is expected to remain a powerful category 4 hurricane as it moves to strike Florida and the Florida Keys Sunday morning. 

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