RINA STARTS TO WEAKEN - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

Tropical UPDATE 1300 Oct 26, 2011

RINA has started to weaken.

 

Hurricane hunters just reported that the storm has dropped to MAX winds @ 85 mph, now a Cat 1.

She is moving WNW @ 5 mph, 190 mi SSE of Cozumel.

 

Visible sat shows the center starting to collapse as RINA moves away from an area of very warm waters.

Plus vertical wind shear has started to attack the SW quadrant.

 

The official forecast track still moves RINA almost parallel with the Yucatan Peninsula.

And then a Gulf cold front will turn the storm to the east and weaken it even further as she heads to the Florida Straits.

The updated intensity guidance now keeps RINA as a Cat 1, briefly a Cat 2, before turning as a tropical storm.

NO WORRIES FOR GEORGIA.

John WETHERBEE, CBM

WTOC-TV

 

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