Dean is so large -- about the size of Texas -- that its tropical winds and waves were expected to affect the entire Yucatan and neighboring Belize to the south.

Jeff Spiegel, owner of the Azul Resort in Amerbergris Caye, Belize, said it was "incredibly windy" and the ocean surge was "very, very high." Most of the docks and piers have been washed away on the western side of his narrow island, he said