Monday, October 24, 2011

Rina becomes a Hurricane

It didn't take this storm long to organize and become a hurricane. All of about 2 and a half days in fact. At 2pm the National Hurricane Center  upgraded the Tropical Storm to Hurricane status. Maximum sustained winds were found to be 75mph by hurricane hunter aircraft.

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The storm still lacks an eye as of early Monday afternoon, a sign that while the storm is strengthening, it has the potential to become even stronger. Forecasts by the National Hurricane Center, keep the storm off the US coast and closer to Mexico and Cuba over the next few days.
National Hurricane Center 5 day Forecast
Several weather forecasting models suggest that the southern coast of Florida is not out of the woods just yet with this storm. While a hit to the U.S. coast is not a high probability at this point, all hurricanes in the Caribbean need to be watched closely.

Forecast model solutions for Rina's path
Either way, Rina will be another checkmark on what has been a very active tropical year so far. Rina is the 6th Hurricane of the 2011 season. Track the very latest with our very own Hurricane Tracker: http://www.wtol.com/category/219339/hurricane-track-map