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Published 25th October 2011, 8:32am

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

AT 4:00 AM LOCAL TIME THE CENTER OF HURRICANE RINA WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 17.2 NORTH...LONGITUDE 83.6 WEST OR ABOUT 210 MILES SOUTHWEST OF GRAND CAYMAN AND 320 MILES EAST SOUTHEAST OF CHETUMAL MEXICO.

RINA IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NORTHWEST NEAR 3 MPH AND A GRADUAL TURN TOWARDS THE NORTHWEST WITH SOME INCREASE IN FORWARD SPEED IS EXPECTED OVER 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 100 MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS. RINA IS A CATEGORY TWO HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON HURRICANE WIND SCALE. ADDITIONAL STRENGTHENING IS EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT DAY OR SO AND RINA IS FORECAST TO BECOME A MAJOR HURRICANE BY WEDNESDAY.

HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 15 MILES FROM 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 TODAY AND TONIGHT 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.