Hurricane Dean strengthens into Category 5 storm

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August 21, 2007 04:22

Hurricane Dean strengthened into a Category 5 storm capable of catastrophic damage Monday night as its first rain and winds began hitting the coasts of Mexico and Belize. Thousands of tourists fled the beaches of the Mayan Riviera as the fast-moving storm roared toward the ancient ruins and modern oil installations of the Yucatan Peninsula.


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