Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Rina poised to strengthen to Category 3 before striking Yucatan

Rina was on the verge of strengthening into a major Category 3 hurricane Wednesday as it inched closer to the popular Mexican resort town of Cancun, forecasters said.

As of Wednesday morning, Rina's maximum sustained winds were 110 mph -- just 1 mph short of Category 3 status, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said.

The center of the storm was located about 230 miles (370 kilometers) south-southeast of Cozumel, Mexico, and about 205 miles (330 kilometers) east-southeast of Chetumal, Mexico, forecasters said. It was moving westward slowly, at about 4 mph (6 kph).

Forecast models show Rina strengthening into a Category 3 hurricane before approaching the Yucatan. more