Hurricane Dean now a Category 4 storm
Friday, August 17, 2007
The Miami now says that the Atlantic's first hurricane has reached Category 4 status, with winds up to 140 mph (225 km/h). is now being called a "major hurricane."in
While the storm is currently moving west through the Caribbean, additional strengthening is forecast within the next 24 hours.
A Haiti from the Haiti/Dominican Republic border to . The Dominican Republic government has changed the tropical storm watch to a tropical storm warning from Cabo Engano to Haiti. Also, a hurricane watch has now been issued from Cabo Beata to the Haiti.has now been issued for
At 1:45 p.m. EDT, the eye of the Hurricane Dean was 175 miles (282 km) west of San Juan, Puerto Rico.and 300 miles (480 km) southeast of
Dean is currently forecast to dump two inches (~50 mm) of rain on Haiti and the Dominican Republic, with a few isolated areas receiving a possible five inches (~130 mm).
The National Hurricane Center says it is too early to project whether the storm poses a threat to the U.S..
The storm moved throughand Martinique today, causing structural damage, knocking out power, and flooding roads. Also, a 62-year-old man drowned today, being the storm's first death.