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Hurricane Rina closes in on Mexican beach resorts

Hurricane Rina is threatening Cancun and other beach resorts on the Yucatan Peninsula with heavy wind and rain.

This NOAA satellite image taken Tuesday afternoon shows Hurricane Rina in the Caribbean Sea. The storm will likely strengthen further before hitting Cancun in a couple of days.

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Hurricane Rina closed in on Mexico's Yucatan peninsula on Tuesday, threatening beach resorts like Cancun with heavy rain as it moves away from soaked coffee and sugar-growing parts of Central America.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Rina is expected to strengthen into a major hurricane, with winds speeds of at least 111 miles per hour, on Tuesday night before making landfall on the Yucatan Peninsula early on Thursday after grazing Belize, both of them home to beach getaways.

Authorities have issued a hurricane watch for the east coast of the Yucatan peninsula from north of Punta Gruesa to Cancun, and a storm warning from Chetumal to Punta Gruesa.

Belize also issued a tropical storm watch along its coastline from Belize City northwards.

Rina, the sixth hurricane in the Atlantic this year, is not expected to threaten Mexico's oil-producing region in the Gulf of Mexico.

Rina, currently a Category Two hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson intensity scale, was located 280 miles east southeast of Chetumal, Mexico, with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph, the forecasters said.


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