SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Islanders went door to door Thursday to warn neighbors of Hurricane Dean, which spun toward the Caribbean packing 100 mph winds and threatens to strengthen into an extremely dangerous storm by next week.
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At 11 p.m., the system was in the Atlantic about 80 miles northeast of Barbados, charging west at 25 mph with sustained winds of 100 mph, making it a Category 2 storm. Hurricane and tropical storm warnings were hoisted in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Barbados, Dominica, St. Lucia and other resort islands. Hotels evacuated tourists and employees, and residents braced for battering waves, storm surge and up to 5 inches of rain that could trigger flash floods and mudslides.