Posted By RichC on August 17, 2007
Hurricane season in North American has had seen a slower start than expected for the 2007 season, but Hurricane Dean could become a real killer. Currently, as of 1:45 p.m. EDT, Dean is west of Martinique slightly south of Puerto Rico. It has been upgraded to a more powerful Category 3 storm and will cross the Caribbean and has Jamaica in its sites. With peak sustained winds now at 125 mile per hour, it could still strengthen further be for its hits land. Dean is moving at 22 mph and according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center and is projected to possibly reach Category 4 before making landfall around the Texas-Mexico border. If that is the case, most of the offshore Texas oil production platforms should be fine, but the NHC was quick to point out that “one of their computer models” has the hurricane turning north and making landfall near the refining hub and population center of Houston. The NHC will issue its next advisory at 5 p.m.
UPDATE: Dean ready to bash Yucatan Pennisula, south of the resort cities of Cancun and Cozumel, but is coming ashore with Category 5 force and winds of 160mph.