Dangerous storm conditions expected in coastal areas
SUMMIT COUNTY — Tourists and locals along the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula are facing tropical storm conditions Thursday morning as Rina brushes the area with sustained winds of 70 mph and some higher gusts.
Though Rina has been downgraded to a tropical storm, the system will produce 3 to 6 inches of rain across the area, including the popular resort of Cozumel, with isolated rainfall totals of up to 10 inches possible. A tropical storm warning is in effect for the northeastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula.
National Hurricane Center forecasters say the storm will produce a dangerous surge of 1 to 3 feet near and to the right of the track of the center, with large and destructive waves in some areas. The slow-moving system will continue to affect the area through Friday.
The storm could weaken to a tropical depression in about 72 hours as it turns southward over the northwestern Caribbean Sea.
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