Dean continues to strengthen as the hurricane makes its way through the Caribbean. As of 5pm Friday, Hurricane Dean was a category 3 storm with sustain winds at 125mph. The forecast from the National Hurricane Center brings the winds in Dean up to 150mph early next week. That is only 5mph away from Category 5 status.
Dean will have to be closely monitored as it makes its way toward the Gulf of Mexico next week. It is still to early to way where this storm may be headed past the middle of next week, but the entire Gulf Coast from Mexico to Florida needs to watch this one closely.
For the latest on Dean this weekend, count on our tropical updates at :21 after the hour on News 14 Carolina.