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The first Atlantic hurricane of this season is heading toward the U.S. Gulf Coast region and is expected to intensify over the next couple of days, while Tropical Storm Erin has made landfall in Texas bringing heavy rains and winds.

Steve Smith, senior vice president of ReAdvisory in Chicago, a unit of London-based reinsurance broker Carvill, said after Dean enters the Caribbean Sea, the storm is expected to “quickly intensify to a major hurricane.”

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