Hurricane Dean downgraded to Category 1 storm - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Hurricane Dean downgraded to Category 1 storm

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CHETUMAL, Mexico - Hurricane Dean has been downgraded to a Category-1 storm after blowing ashore early this morning in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Top sustained winds are estimated at 85 mph. Dean is the first hurricane to come ashore as a Category-5 since Hurricane Andrew devastated south Florida in 1992.

Hurricane Dean is forecast to weaken in strength as it crosses the Yucatan then regain strength as it crosses the Gulf of Mexico before making landfall in Central Mexico tomorrow approximately 400 miles south of the Texas border..

Meteorologists do not believe that Hurricane Dean will present a threat to the United States however officials in Texas are preparing just in case.

 

 

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