Hurricane Dean is upgraded to a Category 2 storm
Thursday, August 16, 2007
According to the hurricane. The first hurricane of the season had top sustained winds at 100 mph at 5 p.m. EDT. Dean's winds were measured at 75 mph earlier in the day., is now a
A meteorologist from the National Hurricane Center warns, "Dean is likely to become a major hurricane in the eastern Caribbean Sea." Adding that one forecast shows it could become "an extremely dangerous hurricane by the time it reaches the northwestern Caribbean Sea."
Katherine Cesinger, a spokeswoman for Texas Governorsaid, "It's so far out, but it's not too early to start preparing...We have more notice than with Erin. We're glad for that especially since [Dean] is projected to bring some strength."
At 2 p.m. EDT, the storm was about 210 miles due east of Barbados and about 305 miles east of Martinique, according to the . It is moving west at 23 mph.
Hurricane Dean was officially named early this morning.