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Tropical Storm Dean intensifies: forecast to make Caribbean landfall Friday


bbean:Tropical Storm Dean is forecast to become a hurricane and make landfall on Martinique Friday 17 August 2007 (Map: NOAA)

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, August 15, 2007 - Hurricane watches and warnings for parts of the Caribbean may be issued as early as Wednesday night as Tropical Storm Dean approaches the region. It poses a direct threat to Martinique, St Lucia, and Dominica. An airforce reconnaissance aircraft is due to investigate the storm early Thursday afternoon.

The National Hurricane Centre in Miami said that the cyclone intensified overnight and has a well defined circulation with "believable 45-50mph winds"

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