GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Hurricane Dean spared the Cayman Islands the worst of its fury on Monday as it headed for a collision course with Mexico's resort-dotted Caribbean coast, sending tourists fleeing for the airports and locals searching for higher ground.
Dean was already a powerful Category 4 storm as it raked the Cayman Islands. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said it could grow into a monstrous Category 5 hurricane before slashing across the Yucatan Peninsula and emerging in the oil-rich Gulf of Campeche. Eight people have died so far in the Caribbean.
While the storm's center was expected to strike central Mexico, the outer bands of the storm were likely to bring rain and gusty winds to south Texas -- already saturated after an unusually rainy summer. Texas officials were taking no changes -- emergency operations centers opened, prison inmates were move
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