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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.

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