October 25th, 2011
08:36 AM ET

Category 2 Rina poised to hit Cancun, Yucatan

Worried travelers and those living on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula were waiting and watching Hurricane Rina on Tuesday after the storm intensified to a Category 2 and appeared poised to make a near-direct hit on the resort town of Cancun later this week.

Rina's maximum sustained winds were near 100 mph Tuesday morning, according to the Miami-based National Hurricane Center. "Additional strengthening is forecast during the next day or so and Rina could become a major hurricane by tonight or early Wednesday," forecasters said.

Forecast models show Rina strengthening into a major, or Category 3, hurricane before approaching the Yucatan. The projected path shows Rina back at Category 2 intensity when it takes aim at Cancun on Thursday.

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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    As long as Senor Frog's is left standing, everything will be OK.

    October 25, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. the prophet

    Ups drug cartels vacations cut short....

    October 25, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |