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Dean targets St. Lucia, Dominica

Hurricane warnings are up for the Caribbean islands of St. Lucia and Dominica as Hurricane Dean continues to strenghthen. The storm, packing top sustained winds of nearly 90 mph, is still 400 miles east of the islands, barreling westward at 24 mph.

Here's the latest advisory. Here's the predicted storm track, which has it striking the islands tonight, with 2 to 5 inches of rain and a storm surge of 2 to 4 feet. And here's a satellite view.

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This storm is expected to continue strengthening, becoming a Cat. 3 "major" hurricane in the eastern Caribbean. It could eventually become a threat to the Yucatan, and the Gulf of Mexico, where waters are warmer still - fuel for further storm intensification.

Meanwhile, Tropical storm Erin has gone ashore in South Texas, and has now been downgraded to a tropical depression. It is little more than a really bad rainstorm, potentially 3 to 6 inches of rain in some places, with isolated accumulations of 10 inches. Here's the last advisory from the hurricane center on Erin.

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