Hurricane Dean now a Category 4 storm
Friday, August 17, 2007
While the storm is currently moving west through the Carribean, additional strengthening is forecast within the next 24 hours.
A hurricane watch has now been issued for Haiti from the Haiti/Dominican Republic border to Port-au-Prince. 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.
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 through St. Lucia and 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.
- "Hurricane Dean Now Category 3 Storm" — , August 17, 2007
- CBS. "Hurricane Dean Intensifies To Category 3 Storm" — , August 17, 2007
- CNN. "Dean strengthens to Category 3 hurricane" — , August 17, 2007