Dean weakens at Category-3 as it moves across Yucatan

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Hours after crashing into Mexico's Caribbean coast, Hurricane Dean has weakened a bit, to Category 3. Top sustained winds are 125 miles per hour.

Dean was a Category 5 hurricane with winds near 165 miles per hour when it came ashore about 40 miles east-northeast of Chetumal. It knocked out power in the city, toppled trees and sent sheet metal flying through the air.

Dean made landfall in a sparsely populated coastline that had already been evacuated and it skirted most of the major tourist resorts.

Only three Category 5 storms, capable of catastrophic damage, have hit the U.S. since 1935. Dean is the first Category 5 to make landfall in the Atlantic region since Hurricane Andrew hit south Florida in 1992.

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