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8/23/2007

Hurricane Dean Hits Mexico for Second Time

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Mexico
Photo: Stormy scene near Martinez de la Torre, Mexico

Hurricane Dean came ashore near the Mexican city of Veracruz and quickly began weakening as it moved west over the central part of the country.
Dennis Feltgen, forecaster for the National Hurricane Center in Miami, said residents across the area should watch for rainfall of 12 to 25 centimeters in the next day or so.
"With maximum amounts of up to 20 inches [50 centimeters]," he said. "Those kinds of rain can cause life-threatening flashfloods and debris slides."
The hurricane, moving west, first hit the Yucatan Peninsula on Tuesday, before moving out over the Bay of Campeche.
Early Wednesday, Dean moved through a key oil field in the southern Gulf of Mexico, where Mexican oil companies were forced to evacuate crews and shut down at least 100 oil rigs. The shutdown meant a loss of 2.7 million barrels of oil in daily production for Mexican companies, which are a key supplier to the U.S.

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