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Published 24th October 2011, 4:10pm

MONDAY 24TH. OCTOBER, 2011, 4 P.M.

HURRICANE RINA REMAINS A CATEGORY ONE HURRICANE AS IT CONTINUES MOVING SLOWLY WEST NORTHWESTWARD. THE CAYMAN ISLANDS NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONTINUES TO MONITOR THE SYSTEM

AT 4:00 PM LOCAL TIME THE CENTER OF HURRICANE RINA WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 17.1 NORTH...LONGITUDE 83.1 WEST, OR ABOUT 195 MILES SOUTHWEST OF GRAND CAYMAN AND 355 EAST SOUTHEAST OF CHETUMAL MEXICO.

RINA IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NORTHWEST NEAR 3 MPH AND THIS GENERAL MOTION SHOULD CONTINUE TONIGHT. A TURN TOWARD THE WEST IS EXPECTED LATER TONIGHT. ON THIS FORECAST TRACK THE CENTER OF THE STORM IS EXPECTED TO PASS NORTH OF THE NORTH COAST OF HONDURAS DURING THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.

REPORTS FROM AN AIR FORCE RESERVE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT INDICATE THAT THE MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR 75 MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS. RINA IS A CATEGORY ONE HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON HURRICANE WIND SCALE. ADDITIONAL STRENGTHENING IS EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS AND RINA IS FORECAST TO BECOME A MAJOR HURRICANE BY LATE TUESDAY.

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 WHILE HURRICANE RINA, AT THIS TIME, IS NOT FORECAST TO HEAD DIRECTLY TO THE CAYMAN ISLANDS, THE LATEST SATELLITE IMAGES INDICATE THAT SEVERE WEATHER ASSOCIATED WITH THIS SYSTEM WILL CONTINUE TO AFFECT THE CAYMAN ISLANDS TONIGHT WITH MODERATE TO HEAVY THUNDERSTORMS, SQUALLY CONDITIONS AND ROUGH SEAS. SMALL CRAFT SHOULD REMAIN IN SAFE HARBOUR. INCREASED FLOODING OF LOW LYING AREAS IS EXPECTED AND RESIDENTS OF SUCH AREAS ARE ADVISED TO TAKE THE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS.

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.