Hurricane Dean Plows Into Jamaica as Category 4 Storm

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) - Hurricane Dean pummeled Jamaica with
gusting winds and torrential rains that blew the roofs off homes,
caused landslides and flooded roads.

Jamaica was spared a direct hit when Dean's eye wound up passing
just to the south yesterday. And it looks like the Cayman Islands will be similarly spared. Still, the islands could get up to 12 inches of rain and tropical-storm strength winds Monday.

Dean has already killed eight people on its destructive march across the Caribbean.

As of 11 p.m. Eastern time, Dean was located about 135 miles west-southwest of Kingston and was traveling west at 20 miles-an-hour, with top sustained winds of 145 miles-an-hour.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the first hurricane of the Atlantic season is projected to reach the most dangerous classification, a Category 5, before plowing into Mexico's Yucatan peninsula Tuesday.

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