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Hurricane Rina gaining strength on path to Yucatan

Hurricane Rina strengthens to a Category 2 storm off Central America's Caribbean coast By The Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) ' Hurricane Rina is getting stronger as a Category 2 storm off Central America's Caribbean coast.

Mexico issued a hurricane warning for Yucatan's east coast, including the tourist destinations of Cancun and the island of Cozumel.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Tuesday that Rina's forecast track shows it possibly curving toward Cuba in the next few days, but senior hurricane specialist Michael Brennan says it could also move toward southern Florida.



Rina's maximum sustained winds are near 105 mph (165 kph). Additional strengthening is forecast and Rina is expected to become a major hurricane Tuesday night.

The hurricane is centered about 300 miles (480 kilometers) east-southeast of Chetumal and is moving west-northwest near 3 mph (6 kph).


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