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Rina (18L) Downgraded to Tropical Storm – October 28th, 2011

20.7N 88.3W

October 28th, 2011 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm Rina (18L) - October 27th, 2011

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Track of TS Rina (18L) - October 27th, 2011 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TS Rina (18L)

As of 10 p.m. CDT (0300 UTC) October 27, Tropical Storm Rina was located within 15 nautical miles of 20.5°N 87.2°W, about 20 mi (85 km) west of Cozumel, Mexico.

Maximum sustained winds are 50 knots (60 mph, 95 km/h), with stronger gusts. Minimum central pressure is 996 mbar (hPa; 29.41 InHg), and the system is moving north at 6 kt (7 mph, 11 km/h). Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center of Rina.

Hurricane Rina Moving Close to Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico – October 27th, 2011

19.8N 86.9W

October 27th, 2011 Category: Tropical Cyclones

Hurricane Rina (18L) - October 25th, 2011

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Track of Hurricane Rina (18L) - October 26th, 2011 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of Hurricane Rina (18L)

At 7:00 AM CDT (1200 UTC) the center of Hurricane Rina was located near latitude 18.9 north, longitude 87.0 west. Rina is moving toward the northwest near 6 mph (9 km/h).

A gradual turn to the north with a slight increase in forward speed is expected today. On the forecast track, the center of Rina will be moving near or over the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula tonight and Friday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 75 mph (120 km/h) with higher gusts. Rina is a category one hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale. Weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Rina could become a tropical storm later today.

Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 15 miles (30 km) from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 85 miles (140 km). The estimated minimum central pressure is 988 mb (29.18 inches).

Hazards affecting land include wind, rainfall and storm surge. Tropical storm conditions are likely occurring over portions of the tropical storm warning area. Hurricane conditions
are expected within the hurricane warning area later today.

Rina is expected to produce rainfall amounts of 3 to 6 inches over the eastern Yucatan Peninsula and Cozumel through Friday with isolated maximum amounts to 10 inches. A dangerous storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 2 to 4 feet above normal tide levels along the immediate coast near and to the right of the track of the center. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.

Ida Near Hurricane Strength and Still Moving Northward

20.4N 85W

November 8th, 2009 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm Ida - November 6th, 2009

Tropical Storm Ida - November 6th, 2009

Track of Ida - November 7th, 2009 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of Ida

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At 4:00 PM EST (2100 UTC) the center of Tropical Storm Ida was located near latitude 18.9 north, longitude 84.3 west, or about 200 miles (325 km) east-southeast of Cozumel, Mexico and about 195 miles (320 km) south of the western tip of Cuba. Here, Ida is visible near the Yucatan Peninsula, with Cuba and Florida, USA to the north.

Ida is moving toward the north near 10 mph (17 km/hr). A turn toward the north-northwest with a gradual increase in forward speed is expected during the next day or so. On the forecast track, Ida is expected to move through the Yucatan Channel on Sunday and into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico Sunday night.

Maximum sustained winds are near 70 mph (110 km/hr) with higher gusts. Ida is expected to become a hurricane Saturday or Sunday, but weakening is forecast after it enters the Gulf of Mexico. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km) from the center. Estimated minimum central pressure is 990 mb (29.23 inches).

Ida is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 3 to 5 inches over portions of the Yucatan Peninsula and western Cuba, with possible isolated maximum amounts of 10 inches. Rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches are also possible across the Cayman Islands.

A hurricane watch remains in effect for the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico from Tulum to Cabo Catoche, meaning that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area generally within 36 hours. A tropical storm watch is in effect for the Isle of Youth.

A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Grand Cayman Island and for the Yucatan Peninsula from Punta Allen northward to San Felipe, meaning that tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area generally within 24 hours.

A tropical storm warning is also in effect for the Cuban province of Pinar del Rio. Hurricane force winds could spread across portions of western Cuba on Sunday and a hurricane warning may be required for this area later.

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