Hi everyone, Because I was just at Costa Maya a few weeks ago on the Valor I've been tracking with interest the effects of Hurrican Dean on the port and on the town of Majahual. After many news and google searches here is a summary of what seems to be the final result.
Majahual was hit dead center by the hurricane - the third most powerful to make landfall in modern times. The eye passed over the town according one eye witness from Canada that remained in the town. This was the only town to suffer "catastrophic" damage on the Mexican coast.
Majahual: At least 50% of the buildings are gone. Almost all of the remaining buildings suffered significant damage - roofs gone, twisted steel, flooding etc. There is no time frame for the return of the inhabitants almost all of whom were evacuated before the storm struck. The Mexican government's response has been very good according to all reports. There were no deaths reported and injuries were minimal inland.
The Port: Half of the pier structure is gone. The remaining pier is damaged - still to be inspected. The mall/pool area was severely damaged. The owner plans to rebuild as soon as possible with government assistance. He claims he will be ready in 8 months. Carnival Corp. has said that they have no idea how long it will be before they return to the port - it could be upwards of a year or more.
It would appear that the Mexican authorities did a good job in responding to the threat of this storm and minimized the number of casualties. It also seems that their post storm response has also been very good.
Houses can be rebuilt, I am very happy to see that the people of Majahual come out of this OK.