VIA – NBC MIAMI
Hurricane Rina Becomes Category 2 Storm
Hurricane watch issued for Yucatan Peninsula as storm moves slowly through Caribbean
By Shiri Spear and Brian Hamacher
| Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011 | Updated 11:20 AM EDT
Hurricane Rina as of 11 a.m. Tuesday.
Hurricane Rina continued to strengthen Tuesday morning, becoming a Category 2 storm as it moved slowly through the Caribbean, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
As of 11 a.m., Rina had maximum sustained winds near 105 mph as it moved west-northwest at 3 mph about 300 miles southeast of Tulum, Mexico, and about 625 miles southwest of Miami.
Additional strengthening is expected and Rina could become a major hurricane by Tuesday night or Wednesday, according to the NHC.
The storm is expected to turn toward the northwest and the forecast cone Tuesday included the Florida Keys over the weekend.
The actual track Rina takes could be close to the Keys, or western Cuba, or back into the northwestern Caribbean Sea. It will depend on the strength of the system when it turns eastward later in the week and how it interacts with a trough and frontal system moving through the Gulf and Florida.
A hurricane warning was in effect for the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula from north of Punta Gruesa to Cancun. A tropical storm warning was in effect for Chetumal to Punta Gruesa.
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