Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Let's Get out of Here; (1)Evacuation:tourists Coverage on Cacun International Airport-Police plane.Hurricane DEAN"s Due to Strike at 6AM Tomorrow(2)Passing Through:jamaica Was Spared a Direct Hit as the Eye of the Storm Passed South of the Island but Kingston,above and Right Still Took a Battering

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Let's Get out of Here; (1)Evacuation:tourists Coverage on Cacun International Airport-Police plane.Hurricane DEAN"s Due to Strike at 6AM Tomorrow(2)Passing Through:jamaica Was Spared a Direct Hit as the Eye of the Storm Passed South of the Island but Kingston,above and Right Still Took a Battering

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Byline: ROBERT MENDICK

In Mexico, tourists also streamed out of resorts on the Yucatanpeninsula and formed long queues at the airport to try to fly home. Twelveempty planes arrived yesterday to move travellers out, airport spokesmanEduardo Rivadeneira said, and the state government has set up 530 shelters withcapacity for 73,000 people.

Jamaica was spared a direct hit at the last moment as the eye of the stormpassed just south of the island where tourists, who had been unable to flee,were forced to take shelter in resorts HURRICANE DEAN has prompted widespreadevacuation as it continues in its devastating way past Jamaica and on to theCayman Islands, Mexico and Texas.

Until now, the hurricane has been graded a category four stormthe second highest rating and described as "extremely dangerous"but America's National Hurricane Center has predicted Dean will reach categoryfive status by the time it reaches Mexico's Yucatan peninsula tomorrow. TheMexican mainland or Texas could be hit later.

Space Shuttle Endeavour, which captured an image of the eye of the storm fromspace, was forced to cut short its mission to ensure a safe landing ahead ofthe storm.

Dean is expected to hit the Cayman Islands today although it will likely passsouth, avoiding a direct hit. Tourists there were ordered to board shuttlebuses for the airport. Hundreds of frantic holidaymakers lined up at ticketcounters for special flights home, and many slept on the airport floor.

The governor of the Cayman Islands Stuart Jack said all but 1,500 tourists wereevacuated from the British territory by yesterday afternoon.

He has imposed a curfew "to ensure that everybody has taken cover" and said: "Iam confident that we are in the best possible position to face this storm."

reinforced with storm proof shelters.

Omar Afflick, Jamaica's acting senior director for preparedness and emergencyoperations, said Dean blew the roofs off homes, caused landslides and floodedroads. …

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