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8/20/2007

Hurricane Dean, Extremely Dangerous, Heads to Mexico


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Aug. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Hurricane Dean headed toward Belize and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula after battering Jamaica and passing the Cayman Islands.

Dean, an ``extremely dangerous'' storm, was centered about 440 miles (710 kilometers) east of Belize City just before 8 a.m. Miami time, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in an online advisory. The storm was heading west at 21 mph, with landfall predicted early tomorrow along Mexico's Mayan Riviera, north of the border with Belize and south of Cancun and Cozumel.

Dean swept south of Jamaica yesterday, downing power lines, ripping off roofs and flooding streets, after plowing between the islands of St. Lucia and Martinique on Aug. 17 as a Category 2 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale. The system was at Category 4 near Jamaica and may reach Category 5, with winds of at least 155 mph, in the next day, the center said.

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