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Hurricane Dean Came Back to Mexico

Hurricane Dean slammed into Mexico for the second time in as many days

Hurricane Dean slammed into Mexico for the second time in as many days and quickly stretched across to the Pacific Ocean on Wednesday.

Coming ashore with top sustained winds of 160 kph, Dean's centre hit the tourism and fishing town of Tecolutla shortly after civil defense workers loaded the last evacuees onto army trucks and headed to inland shelters.

There was no escaping the wide storm's hurricane-force winds, which lashed at a 100-kilometer (60-mile) stretch of the coast in Veracruz state.

Sounds of crashing metal prompted farmer Moises Aguilar to take a dangerous risk in Monte Gordo, 35 kilometers (20 miles) down the coast from Tecolutla. At the height of the storm, he dashed outside his house, about 300 meters (yards) from the sea, and struggled against the wind as his neighbor's roof ripped apart, AP reported.