After battering Jamaica yesterday and today, Hurricane Dean is headed toward Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula as a category 5 storm. It is one of fewer than 30 hurricanes ever to earn the highest rating for tropical storms, and is as big as the state of Texas. (That’s big, y’all.) Several significant—and exquisite—Mayan ruins will have to withstand Dean’s power.
Update: Dean was the third most powerful Atlantic hurricane ever to make landfall. One of the two that edged it out was 1988’s Hurricane Gilbert, which hit…you guessed it, the Yucatan Peninsula.