Hurricane Dean has weakened into a category one storm. But when it struck the coast of Mexico overnight it was the strongest Atlantic storm to make landfall in 20 years. Dean was a category 5 hurricane with winds near 164 miles per hour when it Came ashore early Tuesday morning near the popular port of Majahual. It knocked out power, toppled trees and drenched the area with torrential rains. Although the monster storm made landfall in a sparsely- populated coastline it enveloped the entire Yucatan coast -- from Belize to Tulum to Playa del Carmen to Cancun, where tens of thousands of vacationers and residents huddled in shelters. Dean began to lose power as it and passed over the Yucatan Peninsula, its winds dropped to approximately 120 miles per hour. The National Hurricane Center says Dean will continue to weaken over land but would still be a hurricane when it heads out into the Bay of Campeche where Mexico's state oil company has closed and evacuated all of its oil and gas wells.
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