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Hurricane Dean swipes Jamaica, closes in on Cayman Islands


Hurricane Dean is closing in on the Cayman Islands. It's already swiped Jamaica, tearing roofs from homes and causing floods and landslides.

At the Cancun airport thousands of tourists were trying to get out of the country before the storm barreled through. Among them was a British honeymoon couple anxious to get home.

Tourist Richard Moore said, "I am worried about getting home; I am worried to be here... We don't know if we are going home or staying here at hotel nobody seems to know what's going on."

Those who are staying behind will have to take the refuge in shelters when the storm strikes.

The National Hurricane Center says that Dean -- with its sustained winds of around 150 miles per hour is likely to become a rare category 5 -- the strongest type of hurricane -- before making landfall early Tuesday.

The Mexican state-run oil company Pemex is taking no chances and has evacuated thousands of personnel from its oil rigs.

Hurricane Dean swiped Jamaica over the weekend with howling winds and pelting rain. Roads were blocked by toppled trees and power poles.

So far the giant storm has been responsible for at least eight deaths as it crossed the Caribbean.

Erin causes flooding in Midwest

Remnants of Tropical Storm Erin are causing major problems in parts of the Midwest. Heavy, relentless rain across several counties in southwest Missouri has overtaken roadways, leading to several water rescues Monday morning.

Two drivers were pulled from rushing water after their vehicles were washed off the road. Fast-moving water made rescue attempts dangerous. So far flooding from Erin has caused six deaths in Oklahoma.

Floods kill 14 in Texas, Oklahoma; 6 dead, 1 missing in Midwest

UNDATED (AP) -- Flooding has left at least eight people dead in Texas, six in Oklahoma and another six in Minnesota, where one man is missing.

The remnants of Tropical Storm Erin spawned the flooding in Texas and Oklahoma. Instead of weakening as it moved inland, the storm produced winds of more than 80 miles-per-hour and heavy rain.

There have been dozens of high-water rescues. A 66-year-old Oklahoma woman was plucked from a flooded pickup truck only to fall from the rescue helicopter seconds later.

Bernice Krittenbrink told ABC's "Good Morning America" that she didn't realize she was going to have to hang on. Her 72-year-old husband tried to help her, but she lost her grip and had to be rescued a second time.

The flooding in Minnesota followed thunderstorms that dropped up to a foot of rain. Eight people survived a mudslide that pushed their houses over a bluff.

The Army Corps of Engineers has opened the floodgates on the Root River to lessen the pressure on a dike.

States of emergency have been declared in parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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