Snippets from the press:
"Dean pounded the islands of Dominica
, St. Lucia and Martinique
. The hurricane
has claimed at least three lives so far, including a 7-year-old boy and his mother on Dominica who were crushed in their home when rains from the storm caused a landslide, The Associated Press reported.
Dean crossed the 111-mph Category 3 threshold Friday afternoon, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami
Dangerous winds ripped a corrugated metal roof off a pediatric ward at Victoria Hospital in St. Lucia's capital, Castries, AP reported. No injuries were reported, AP said, and patients had been evacuated.
Flooding and wind-swept debris have turned St. Lucia into "a total mess," state radio
reported, according to AP.
Storm surges shoved sea-wall boulders onto roads, AP reported, and a boat was seen sitting on a road after forces of nature carried it from the sea."
What's coming is far worse: soon to be a Cat 5 hurricane, Dean threatens Jamaica
, the Yucatan
Peninsula and, perhaps, the Gulf Coast
The 1PM Saturday Hurricane Center update calls Dean, "an extremely dangerous hurricane".