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Guests at Resorts in Bahamas Make it Through Hurricane Matthew Safely

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | October 07, 2016

Guests at Resorts in Bahamas Make it Through Hurricane Matthew Safely

Photo: Damage to the Atlantis Paradise Island from Hurricane Matthew. (Photo via ‏@MelHowell_CBS12)

One of the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Matthew was the Bahamas, where heavy rain, high winds and flooding caused havoc for locals and tourists.

According to, the harshest part of the hurricane passed through the Bahamas on Thursday, forcing visitors on the island to take shelter in popular resorts like Atlantis Paradise Island and Sandals Emerald Bay Great Exuma.

Many local Bahamians also took cover in the resorts or found shelter in churches and schools as the storm tore apart homes, damaged structures, downed trees and took down power lines across the islands.

At the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island, officials moved all of its guests to its convention center and provided them with shelter, food, activities and entertainment during the storm. Twitter user Jackie Doll shared an image of the doors to the Atlantis Resort secured by wood:

Late Thursday night, guests were allowed to leave the shelter, but the hotel made it clear it would have to assess the damage before allowing guests back into their rooms. The official Twitter account of the Atlantis Resort shared the ordeal:

Videos of the storm and its damage were posted by Androxylo and @Breaking911:

Unfortunately, Atlantis' neighbor, the RIU Palace Paradise Island, suffered severe damage to some rooms:

In terms of the Sandals Emerald Bay Great Exuma, officials reported that all guests and employees made it through the storm safe and were sheltered inside the resort, which never lost power.

As for the Sandals Royal Bahamian located in Nassau, the resort’s Twitter account said it would share an update about the closing of the facility as soon as possible:

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