October 27, 2011

Rina Weakening as it Approaches the Yucatan Coast

Hurricane Rina will make landfall along northeast Yucatan coast near Cozumel later today then it will head north along the coast tonight into tomorrow before slowly shifting away to the east over the weekend.

There will be damaging winds and flooding rains along the northeast Yucatan coast today through Friday, then taper off Friday night.

A storm surge of 2-4 feet will occur near and just north of the landfall. The latest satellite pictures show a significant disorganized area of clouds around Rina.

This has caused the winds to drop to 75 mph and this trend will probably continue with Rina weakening to a tropical storm by midday or early afternoon.

Strong west-southwest winds aloft will weaken Rina even more over the weekend as the low-level center drifts eastward toward Cuba the midlevel feature heads across South Florida with heavy rain.

Hurricane Rina's Projected Path

We have been monitoring an area of convection moving across the southern Caribbean.

Althrough a trough is producing widespread showers and thunderstorms, development into a tropical system appears unlikely for the next several days.

By Accuweather.com Senior Meteorologist Matthew Rinde and Meteorologist Eric Leister

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