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Published 24th October 2011, 1:55pm

RINA QUICKLY BECOMES A HURRICANE. ADDITIONAL STRENGTHENING IS EXPECTED.

AT 200 PM EDT THE CENTER OF HURRICANE RINA WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 17.1 NORTH...LONGITUDE 83.0 WEST.

RINA IS ABOUT 195 MILES (310 KM) SW OF GRAND CAYMAN AND MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHWEST NEAR 5 MPH (7 KM/H). A TURN TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST IS EXPECTED LATER TODAY.

REPORTS FROM AN AIR FORCE RESERVE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT INDICATE THAT THE MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR 75 MPH (120 KM/H) 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 (30 KM) FROM THE CENTER AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 115 MILES (185 KM).

THE LATEST MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE REPORTED BY RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT WAS 991 MB...29.26 INCHES.

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 TODAY 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.