Hurricane Dean is the first hurricane of the 2007 Atlantic season and it is already a very large and powerful category four storm with peak wind gusts of 180 miles per hour (145 sustained). It will likely be a category five tomorrow and Jamaica is squarely in the cross hairs for a direct hit.

It is still too early to tell what it will look like in the Gulf - that will depend on the interaction with land in the Yucatan pennisula and other factors, with the worst case (for the Gulf and the US)likely to be passage of the eye through passage between Mexico and Cuba with little land interaction.

Details here from Weather Underground.


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