October 27, 2011

Rina Weakens to a Tropical Storm

Rina has weakened to a tropical storm and will make landfall along the northeastern Yucatan coast near Cozumel later today or early tonight.

Rina will then continue north along the coast later tonight into Friday before slowly shifting away to the east over the weekend.

There will be damaging wind and flooding rain along the northeastern Yucatan coast today through Friday, tapering off Friday night. A storm surge of 1-3 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 winds to drop to 70 mph, and that trend will likely continue. Strong west-southwest winds aloft will weaken Rina even more over the weekend as the low-level center drifts eastward toward Cuba the mid-level feature heads across South Florida with heavy rain.

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

Although 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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