Mexico braces for category five Hurricane Dean

Posted by: ST on August 20, 2007 at 9:09 pm

Via MSNBC:

TULUM, Mexico – Hurricane Dean became a “potentially catastrophic” Category 5 storm as it bore down on Mexico’s Caribbean coast Monday night, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

The center reported at 8:35 p.m. EDT that Dean had reached maximum sustained winds of 160 mph.

Tens of thousands of tourists fled the beaches of the Mayan Riviera as the storm roared toward the ancient ruins and modern oil installations of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Mexico’s state oil company, Petroleos de Mexico, said it was evacuating all of its more than 14,000 offshore workers in the southern Gulf of Mexico, which includes the giant Cantarell oil field.

Cancun seemed likely to be spared a direct hit, but visitors abandoned its swank hotels to swarm outbound flights. Officials evacuated more rustic lodgings farther south, where Dean — responsible for at least 12 deaths across the Caribbean — was expected to smash ashore early Tuesday.

Here’s Dean’s projected path, as of 5:17 PM ET today:

Here’s the Dean landfall tracker.

My prayers are with Mexico. This one’s gonna be devastating.

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  1. Brian says:

    Somehow, someway…this will be George Bush’s fault.

  2. Bilwick says:

    Apparently it already is, Brian. I was talking to someone yesterday, who seemed otherwise normal, when news of the hurricane was reported on a radio playing near-by, and he asked me, “Do you think the U. S. is behind that?” I looked at him, not getting it, and asked, “Behind what?” He told me there is a method of “seeding” the sky that can draw hurricanes away from one direction and toward another. He said that was why, at one time, hurricanes coming across the Carribbean used to almost always proceed up the USA’s Atlantic coast but now more often go toward Cuba and Mexico and then into the Gulf. I then remembered that this guy, a friend of a friend, had connections with a local moonbat group. I assumed this is some theory making the moonbat circles via the internet. I was going to ask him why this hurricane-direction system wasn’t used for Katrina, but he’d probably say Bush wanted it to hit in a heavily poor-Negro section of the country, to reduce the number of Democratic voters. If Dean hits Bush’s home state, I wonder what the explanation will be.

  3. Great White Rat says:

    Brian, Bush gets bored just making bridges collapse, so can you blame him if he stirs up a really nasty hurricane every now and then?
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