Hurricane Rina has its eye on Cancun

Hurricane Rina is predicted to turn into a ‘major’ storm mid-week and hit the holiday resort in Mexico, Cancun.

 

The Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) has forecasted the weather system will reach the popular tourist area on Thursday after strengthening over the next 48 hours.

 

At present the thunderstorms are around 195 miles southwest of Grand Cayman island and has winds that so far reach 80 miles per hour.

 

A number of people have been reported killed by flooding and mudslides as the storm brushed over Nicaragua and Honduras.

 

The sixth named hurricane in the Atlantic in the last 12 months comes as he season draws to a close, meaning the possible damage is amplified as in many areas the ground is already waterlogged.

 

The NHC has told citizens and tourists in Belize and on the east coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula to observe Rina’s progress.

 

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office also recommends British tourists to keep up-to-date with local radio and television broadcasts and follow orders given locally during a tropical storm.

 

The NHC have predicted that winds are likely to reach 120 miles per hour, making this a category 3 storm.

 

‘Rina is likely to intensify further during the next couple of days as it traverses the very warm waters of the northwest Caribbean Sea,’ the NHC said.