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Strong winds cause some Cozumel cruise ships to keep going

Cozumel, Q.R. — The island of Cozumel continues to evaluate damage from the strong wind gusts Monday. The winds, which died down late that night, began again Tuesday.

While island officials evaluate physical damage, economic damage was felt by island merchants Tuesday.

Merchants of San Miguel were left empty handed after three cruise ships were unable to dock. During the day, the Norwegian Breakaway, Regal Princess and Carnival Breeze cruise ships, which were scheduled to dock the Puerto Maya pier, were unable to do so.

Strong winds created high swells that made safe docking impossible. After attempting to dock, high waves caused all three to move on from Cozumel to their next stop.

Ferry services to the mainland were on-again off-again due to the strong winds. Photo: February 6, 2024.

Cozumel Mayor Juanita Alonso Marrufo held a meeting with the operational directors of the cabinet to monitor the course of cold front number 32 over island. Inspectors have found numerous downed trees and several broken poles during their rounds.

City officials respond to the report of a broken power pole.
Photo: Feb. 6, 2024.

As the winds continue, Marrufo says Cozumel has seven cruise ships and nine flights scheduled for island arrival throughout Wednesday.

The Directorate of Public Services, Luis Ocampo Pedro, says a guard team continues to carries out tours to remove tree branches and poles that have broken. The strong winds are forecast to continue around the region until Thursday.