A view of the ancient ruins of Tulum, Mexico, Monday, Aug. 20, 2007. Tens of thousands of tourists fled the beaches of the Mayan Riviera on Monday as monstrous Hurricane Dean roared toward the ruins and modern oil installations of the Yucatan Peninsula. (AP)
TECOLUTLA, Mexico (AP) Tropical storm force winds are sweeping
onto Mexico's mainland, and the eye of Hurricane Dean isn't far behind.
The Category 1 storm is passing over the Gulf and building up strength as it moves onto the coast of Veracruz. Some 10,000 people have been evacuated from coastal cities.
Officials say nearly three-quarters of an oil city of 120,000 people is under water, after Dean carried in a storm surge. In another city, troops and civil defense workers are loading people into army trucks and taking them to inland shelters.
So far, there have been no reports of deaths in Mexico. Dean killed 13 people as it ripped across the Caribbean.