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Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula Braces for Hurricane Emily


Tourists wait outside of their hotel to be taken to temporary shelters in Cancun, Mexico
Forecasters say Hurricane Emily remains an "extremely dangerous" hurricane as it churns toward Mexico's Yucatan peninsula.

Late Sunday, Emily was 145 kilometers southeast of Cozumel. Forecasters expect Emily to reach Yucatan late Sunday or early Monday.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Emily is packing winds of 235 kilometers per hour

Mexico has issued a hurricane warning that covers most of Yucatan, including popular tourist resorts in Cozumel and Cancun.

Authorities are working to evacuate tens of thousands of people from the area. Officials say many residents and tourists left ahead of the storm, while those who remain are being moved to temporary shelters.

Mexico's state oil company is evacuating some 15,000 non-essential workers from offshore oil rigs. The company announced that two of its workers died while trying to evacuate a platform when their helicopter crashed.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP, Reuters.

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