October 24th, 2011
02:16 PM ET

Rina upgraded to hurricane as it nears Mexico, Cuba

[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.

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  1. Teresinha

    Mother nature shouldn't be taken lightly

    October 24, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. @ted

    As opposed to YOU? Stop it.

    October 24, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Steven

    Let's hope this is Texas' answer to rain prayers. Without all of the other stuff that normally comes with a hurricane.

    October 24, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tha Chikin

      Yeah... unfortunately, you cannot pick and choose what you get with a hurricane. Be careful what you wish for.

      October 24, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Here's a coincidence. I flew to Texas on Sunday the 9th from Canada for a course and it rained. Apparently the first time for a long time. If you brought a few English there It would be a monsoon...

      October 24, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pedro'

    Si. I hope everyone will be ok.

    October 24, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. fernace

    How did we go from hurricane to sugar cane v. sugar beets & high fructose cornsyrup!? Is this 1 of those stream of consciousness threads? Lol!!

    October 24, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Scott

    mmm whiskey and rum

    October 24, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Big Brain

    I am eating deep fried Jicama. Yum.

    October 24, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ally

    CNN, why does your satellite and projected track show a disturbance in the Pacific? Rina is in the Carribbean. And is expected to hit the Yucatan of Mexico.

    October 24, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ally

      Ahhh...much better. thx.

      October 24, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dr_dumbinder_Singh

    its splet REENA

    October 24, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    Yes! As most of them are...

    October 24, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. The One

    Blame it on the Zionists? That's so pre-WWII. I'd rather blame it on the migrant Arabs that call themselves Palestinians. They are the hate breeders of the Western world.


    ? Tihat's so pre-WWII. I'd rather blame it on the migrant Arabs that call themselves Palastinians. Much more current.

    October 24, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. hillman

    has been a very strange year for hurricains or is it jus me ?

    October 24, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    Nah, it's been about normal, really.
    We've had years where they had to start over again with the alphabet.

    October 24, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. the prophet

    Stop blocking my posts

    October 24, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
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