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.

 

Hurricane Katia sets a course for Britain

Strong winds and huge waves forecast for Britain as hurricane Katia threatens to hit land today.

 

The hurricane looks set to bring winds of 80mph and sea swells reaching 15 metres battering the UK with torrential ran expected to strike many parts of the country.

 

The hurricanes path changed direction, heading away from the USA and towards the UK across the Atlantic.

 

The hurricane is likely to hit the Northern Isles, the north and north-west Scotland – bringing hammering rain and brutal winds.

 

The blustery conditions are likely to be seen by the rest of the country as well

 

Many areas will see winds of 50mph, these guest sof wind will also cause large waves and swell of up to nine metres.

 

The last hurricane to hit the UK was Hurricane Charley, which hit in August 1986.

 

Weathermen say, however, that the path of the storm could alter and even the tiniest deviation could see it ignore the UK completely or hit the whole country with some force.

 

It could even deteriorate rapidly, but even then it will still be very blustery with lots of rain.