Hurricane Dean spares Cancun

Hurricane Dean has been reduced to a category one storm after slipping south of Cancun’s hotels and dense neighborhoods, although thousands of tourists were confined to hotel rooms, sheltering from high winds and driving rain as the hurricane hit Mexico.Tens of thousands of tourists had left Cancun and other popular resorts ahead of the storm and the sea around the tourist island of Cozumel, normally bustling with yachts, is free of vessels.

Dean was the first Category 5 storm, with winds of 165 mph, to make landfall in the Atlantic Basin since Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Although downgraded, Dean is expected to intensify again before reaching land for a second time, possibly between Tuxpan and Veracruz.

The UK’s Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) said that its members have received no reports of injuries to holidaymakers and the aftermath reflects the result of strong winds and heavy rain with damage largely restricted to trees and some powerlines, along with some impact on beaches around Cancun.

No structural damage to date has been reported to holiday hotels used by FTO members.

Planned holiday arrivals and departures are now expected to resume subject to any government advice and individual hotel inspections.