Posted on October 27, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
Dangerous storm conditions expected in coastal areas
Tropical Storm Rina is very close to the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula in this NOAA satellite image. The storm is expected to weaken further during the next 48 hours.
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.
Tropical Storm Rina will meander along the coast of the Yucatan before turning southward later this week.
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Posted on October 24, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
Stormy weather ahead for the eastern Yucatan Peninsula
Tropical Storm Rina could be headed for the Cancun area later this week.
SUMMIT COUNTY — Tropical Storm Rina is spinning over very warm water east of the Yucatan and is expected to gradually strengthen the next few days before potentially making landfall near the tip of the peninsula toward the end of the week.
A tropical storm watch is currently in effect for parts of the Homduras coast, which could be hit by gusty winds and heavy rain before the storm veers more to the north. Wind speeds near the center of the storm are currently at about 40 mph, but the storm could strengthen to wind speeds of 60 mph in the next 48 hours. (more…)
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