Hurricane Dean was re-organizing over the Bay of Campeche in the Mexican Gulf of Mexico early this morning, and could gain strength from its current Category 1 status before hitting land again, according to the latest report from the National Hurricane Center.
National Hurricane Center At 4 a.m., the storm's center was 120 miles northeast of Veracruz, Mexico and moving west-northwest at about 20 mph. It has sustained winds of 80 mph -- far diminished from the 150-plus mph winds that characterized the storm at this time yesterday, when it was a Category 5 monster bearing down on the Yucatan Peninsula.
The hurricane remains strong enough to pose "life-threatening" hazards to the residents of Mexico where it will make landfall. No deaths were reported from Dean's initial landfall in Mexico, though the storm killed several in the preceding days, as it crossed the Caribbean.
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