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Published 24th October 2011, 11:42pm

CATEGORY ONE HURRICANE RINA, CONTINUES TO MOVE SLOWLY WESTWARD. THE CAYMAN ISLANDS NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONTINUES TO MONITOR THE SYSTEM

AT 10:00 PM LOCAL TIME THE CENTER OF HURRICANE RINA WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 17.2 NORTH...LONGITUDE 83.3 WEST OR ABOUT 200 MILES SOUTHWEST OF GRAND CAYMAN AND 340 MILES EAST SOUTHEAST OF CHETUMAL MEXICO.

RINA IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NORTHWEST NEAR 3 MPH AND THIS GENERAL MOTION SHOULD CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT 2 DAYS. ON THIS FORECAST TRACK THE CENTER OF THE STORM IS EXPECTED TO MOVE TOWARDS THE NORTHERN YUCATAN PENINSULA DURING THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.

THE MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR 80 MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS. RINA IS A CATEGORY ONE HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON HURRICANE WIND SCALE. ADDITIONAL STRENGTHENING IS EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT 24 to 48 HOURS AND RINA IS FORECAST TO BECOME A MAJOR HURRICANE BY WEDNESDAY.

HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 15 MILES PRIMARILY TO THE NORTHWEST OF THE CENTER, AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 115 MILES. HURRICANE RINA, AT THIS TIME, IS MOVING AWAY FROM THE CAYMAN ISLANDS, BUT SATELLITE IMAGES CONTINUE TO SHOW THAT A LARGE AREA OF SEVERE WEATHER ASSOCIATED WITH THIS SYSTEM WILL CONTINUE TO AFFECT THE NORTHWEST CARIBBEAN INCLUDING THE CAYMAN ISLANDS TONIGHT AND TOMORROW WITH SPORADIC SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS, SQUALLY CONDITIONS AND ROUGH SEAS, SMALL CRAFT SHOULD REMAIN IN SAFE HARBOUR.

ALL RESIDENTS ARE URGED TO STAY TUNED TO THE LOCAL MEDIA AND WEATHER SERVICE FOR THE MOST RECENT UPDATES ON THE PROGRESS OF THIS WEATHER SYSTEM.