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Hurricane Dean Lands in Mexico, Tourists React

Where: Cancun, Mexico
August 21, 2007 at 9:08 AM | by | ()

After gaining plenty of strength last night, Hurricane Dean made landfall on Mexico's Yucatan coast Tuesday morning as a beast of a Category 5 storm. Dean's eye came ashore around 4:30 a.m. just north of Chetumal, the capital of Quintana Roo. Winds were over 165 mph, and Dean, which is reportedly a storm the size of Texas, will affect the entire Yucatan peninsula.

Tourists, who mostly inhabit Cancun and Cozumel, which are well north of the eye, were frantically trying to get seats on the last planes out before the storm last night. Reportedly. Of the 20,000 tourists in Quintana Roo, about 13,000 had been evacuated.

The above photo of a Cancun beach near the Oasis Cancun Hotel was taken yesterday and shows a definite calm before the storm. Tourists seem to be trying to milk every last second of beach time even as the hotel they are staying in boards up the resort windows and a Cat 5 storm lurks less than 24 hours away.

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Related Stories:
· Hurricane Dean's Path to the Yucatan Peninsula [Jaunted]
· Hurricane Dean Travel Report [Jaunted]
· Cancun Hotels [HotelChatter]

[Photo: brits in cancun]

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