Hurricane Dean passed between the islands of St. Lucia and Martinique early this morning, according to the latest report from the National Hurricane Center.
The Category 2 hurricane packs winds of 100 mph and continue to batter Dominica and Martinique this morning.
National Hurricane Center Here is a list of islands threatened by the storm, the first Atlantic Hurricane of the season:
Meanwhile in the Pacific, Typhoon Sepat packs 111 mph winds and was nearing Taiwan.
National Hurricane Center reported this afternoon. The storm's maximum sustained winds had increased more than 10% in just a few hours. As of about 4 p.m. ET, Hurricane Dean was located 210 miles east-northeast of Barbados and moving west at 23 mph as a Category 1 hurricane that is forecast to grow in strength as it passes over Caribbean islands before striking Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula with as much as Category 3 force.
The storm was "rapidly approaching" the Lesser Antilles with 100 mph winds, and is expected to strike early Friday. For a more complete accounting of islands in its path, click here. Hurricane-force winds extend 15 miles from the center of the storm, and tropical storm-force winds extend 150 miles out. The National Hurricane Center warned of life-threatening conditions resulting from winds, rain and flooding as Dean passes populated areas on the islands.
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