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Hurricane Dean, a Category Five storm, steams
on its way to Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. In this
August 20 image from NASA's QuikScat satellite,
white arrows show wind direction superimposed
on color images of wind speed.
Image credit: NASA/JPL
On the brink of becoming a top-rank Category 5 terror, poised to escalate its assault early Tuesday under cover of darkness, Dean menaced a tourist region called the Maya Riviera, the city of Chetumal and one of the world's most crucial oil operations.
Its work was done in Jamaica, where at least two people died, many houses were shattered or flooded or both, and the cleanup was under way.
Now, it was Mexico's turn. Rain arrived around 5 p.m. EDT, the leading edge of genuine trouble.