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Hurricane Rina Heads for Cancun, Cuba

Where: Mexico
October 26, 2011 at 5:25 PM | by | ()

Update 10/27: Good news! Hurricane Rina should be downgraded to a Tropical Storm and will likely only make it as far as Cuba. Nonetheless, the projected path continues to change. Follow updates here.

Just in case you don't instinctively flip to the Weather Channel during TV commercial breaks, we should tell you that this weekend is probably not the best time to be vacationing in Cancun, the rest of the Riviera Maya, and even in the Florida Keys as Hurricane Rina bears down on the vacation destinations.

As a result of the impending arrival of 80-40mph winds and potentially damaging Category 2 hurricane, cruise ships in the area have shifted their routes and airlines are offering rebooking for those traveling into the storm. An example is JetBlue, who have the alert clearly stated at the top of their website, and the full rebooking details here.

The worst of the storm is due to land on Cozumel and Cancun tomorrow, while it'll take until the weekend to dampen the Florida Keys* (see update above). Thankfully it's only a Category 2 (for now), so tourists already enjoying the sun and who don't mind weather disruptions, shouldn't be worried for their lives. The real threat is to those still planning on travel during the storm days, as they'll likely just end up sleeping on airport floors.

[Photo: Weather Channel]

Archived Comments:

Rina Story is Inaccurate

Actually, the core of Hurricane Rina has never been projected to be over the Florida Keys by the National Hurricane Center. Even Jim Cantore, at the Weather Channel, said that. And given the latest track and intensity forecasts, the Keys will not see any impacts. Please visit nhc.noaa.gov to confirm.

The intensity has changed

The hurricane was projected to reach the Florida Keys, but today the news has changed that the hurricane is decreasing intensity and may only reach Cuba. The image above is taken straight from the Weather Channel, and the story was accurate when published. See the current version of the above map here: http://www.weather.com/weather/hurricanecentral/storms/2011/Rina