[Updated at 2:16 p.m. ET] Rina has strengthened into a hurricane, according to reports from a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance aircraft.
A special advisory will be issued upgrading the storm to a hurricane, the National Hurricane Center said Monday afternoon.
[Posted at 1:45 p.m. ET] The projected path of Tropical Storm Rina shifted course Monday, menacing Mexico with the possibility of strong winds and heavy rainfall.
Forecasters said Rina was expected to strengthen into a hurricane by Tuesday and could make landfall in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula later this week. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph and was moving northwest at 6 mph.
Flood-soaked Central America also braced for more rain Monday as Tropical Storm Rina lumbered toward land.FULL STORY