Rina Weakens to Tropical Depression as It Moves Back Into Water
Rina weakened into a tropical depression as it moved into the waters off the Yucatan Peninsula and Mexico dropped all storm warnings for the region, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.
Rina was about 55 miles (89 kilometers) north-northeast of Cancun in the Yucatan Channel with top winds of 35 miles per hour, according to a center advisory at 11 a.m. New York time. The storm is expected to drop 1 inch to 2 inches (2 to 5 centimeters) of rain across the peninsula today.
“Additional weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours and Rina could degenerate to a remnant low pressure area over the weekend,” the advisory said.
Rina was the 17th named storm of the 2011 Atlantic season, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. A storm is named when winds achieve cyclone rotation and sustained speed of at least 39 mph.
An average season has 11 named storms, according to the hurricane center. At its peak earlier this week, Rina’s winds reached 110 mph, making it a Category 2 hurricane on the five- step Saffir-Simpson scale.
Rina is now expected to move south back into the western Caribbean and break apart, according to the hurricane center.
In addition to Rina, the agency is watching two areas of disturbed weather with potential to become tropical systems. One, in the western Caribbean off the coast of Nicaragua, has a 10 percent chance of becoming a depression or storm. The second is 850 miles west-northwest of Cape Verde and also has a 10 percent chance of development.
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