Dean Lashes Mexico's Resort Strip

Dean Lashes Mexico's Resort Strip
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Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico, August 21, 2007— Hurricane Dean, the first Category 5 storm to make landfall in 15 years approaches the Yucatán Peninsula (map).

Dean, struck the peninsula early Tuesday with winds of 165 miles (265 kilometers) an hour. The last Atlantic hurricane to make landfall as a Category 5 was Hurricane Andrew, which hit southern Florida in 1992.

By 8 a.m. Dean had weakened to Category 4, with winds dropping to less than 131 miles (211 kilometers) an hour.

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