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Hurricane Dean Hits Mexico A Second Time

TECOLUTLA, Mexico (AP) - Mexico is getting another dose of Hurricane Dean.

It's hit the Mexican mainland for a second time, arriving this time as a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 100 miles-per-hour. But once it reached land again, it quickly weakened to a Category 1, with winds topping out at 85.

The sprawling storm made landfall today near a port city (Tecolutla) in Veracruz state on the central Gulf coast. Civil defense workers in yellow raincoats were seen joining troops there to help residents board army trucks for a trip to inland shelters.

Officials say they have received no reports of deaths in the Yucatan Peninsula, where Dean hit as a Category 5 storm yesterday.

However, driving rain, poor communications and impassable roads have made it difficult to determine how isolated Mayan communities fared in the sparsely populated jungle.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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