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In pictures: Dean hits Mexican coast

Marquees and signs are brought down in a street of Chetumal, Mexico

Hurricane Dean has struck Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula near the border with Belize, bringing driving winds and lashing rain.

A damaged house in Chetumal

Major tourist areas were spared a direct hit as Dean came ashore, but smaller resorts suffered south of Cancun.

A man tries to make his way through a flooded street in Chetumal

The worst-affected areas were poor and remote, and the extent of the damage was not immediately clear.

Ripped out trees in Chetumal

There were power cuts as the wind knocked over trees and sent debris flying through the air, local officials said.

A woman walks through the debris from a damaged house in Corozal, north of Belize City

Heavy rains also lashed the neighbouring Belize, where a number of houses were destroyed.

Fishermen work to remove a boat from the waters in Chetumal

US weather experts said the Yucatan Peninsula could still expect heavy rainfall, which might cause flash floods and landslides.

A tree is seen ripped out of the ground in Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Mexico

Dean made landfall as a rare Category Five storm, weakened to Category One over land, but was expected to strengthen again over the waters of the Mexican Gulf.

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