Hurricane Isidore, which has caused so much damage to Merida and the Yucatan Peninsula, also made it to Palenque. A southern extension of the monster storm swirled down the Cross Group plazas, got under the roof on Temple XIX and blew it over.
The roof fell over towards the back of the building. Fortunately, none of the piers, walls, or replicas were damaged. (This photograph by Alfonso Morales shows the south gallery.)
There was a guard in the building when it happened. He said that he felt the wind come from the north and get channeled between the mountain and the buildings, forming a whirlwind which lifted the roof up. When it set down again, it fell over. Fortunately, the guard was not hurt. (This photo shows the damage to the east side.)
Damage to the west side.
The north gallery.