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Mexico Assesses Hurricane Dean's Impact on Oil Industry


Mexico has reopened two of its three main oil ports following Hurricane Dean, but officials say production remains suspended as they assess the storm's impact on the industry.

The storm slammed into Mexico's Gulf coast Wednesday, but has weakened to a tropical depression since moving inland. Prior to the storm's arrival, tens of thousands of oil workers were evacuated from the region, as were residents in low-lying areas.

Forecasters say that as Dean dissipates, it is still expected to produce up to 25 centimeters of rain, triggering life-threatening flash floods and mudslides. Dean first came ashore Tuesday along Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

Dean was the strongest Atlantic storm to hit land since 1988. It has been blamed for at least four deaths across Mexico.

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

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