Hurricane Rina Latest Update: Now Category 2 Heading to 3
Yesterday we gave you news on Tropical Storm Rina, the path of which was at that time heading to Florida or the Yucatan Peninsula, and told how it could in fact be a hurricane by later this week. In today’s update we can tell you that Rina became Hurricane Rina sooner than we expected and has already become a Category 2 storm with 100 mph winds.
In the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Rina was around 210 miles southwest of Grand Cayman, that’s about 320 miles east-southeast of Chetumal, Mexico. Presently Rina has maximum sustained winds of 100mph with higher gusts and is moving slowly west-northwest at 3mph. Tropical storm watches and hurricane watches are now in place. A tropical storm watch is in effect for the east coast of the Yucatan peninsula between Chetumal and Punta Gruesa. A hurricane watch covers the area north of Punta Gruesa to Cancun.
In the next two days Hurricane Rina is expected to pick up speed and gradually turn northwest. The forecast track shows Rina nearing resorts on the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula by Thursday morning. The National Hurricane Center also forecasts that Hurricane Rina will strengthen further and will become a major hurricane by tonight (Tuesday) or early tomorrow. Tropical storm winds are presently extending 115 miles outward from the center of Rina while hurricane force winds are extending around 15 miles outward. Two to four inches of rain are expected over the Cayman Islands.
Hurricane Rina has become the sixth hurricane of the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season, which ends in November, according to Bloomberg. The NHC informs that Hurricane Rina winds could strengthen to as much as 120 mph. As well as Rina a new low-pressure system north of Curacao is now being observed and has a 40% chance of becoming a tropical cyclone over the next 48 hours. We’d welcome your comments about Hurricane Rina and stress to take all necessary precautions if you’re in its path.
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