Hurricane Rina – Tourists fleeing Rina crowded Cancun’s airport Wednesday even as the hurricane lost some of its punch on a course for Mexico’s resort-studded Caribbean coast.
Authorities evacuated some fishing communities and closed schools along the coast of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, and NASA cut short an undersea laboratory mission near Key Largo, Florida, bringing the crew back to land. Lines snaked to the ticket counters in the crowded Cancun airport as jumbo airliners headed to Canada and Europe waited in pouring rain. Many travelers said they had already scheduled to leave Wednesday.
Rina is forecast to remain a hurricane as it sweeps along Mexico’s most popular tourist destinations Cancun, Cozumel and the Riviera Maya, on Thursday, though forecasters predicted it would continue to weaken.
Rina’s maximum sustained winds dropped to 85 mph Wednesday afternoon, down from 110 mph earlier in the day. It was about 190 miles south-southeast of the island of Cozumel, and was moving to the west- northwest at about 5 mph.
But Janet Gallo, 41, of New York City decided to cut short her five-day trip to Playa del Carmen.
“At the hotel, they told us they would make a decision whether to evacuate later today, but we didn’t want to wait. We would rather be home when it hits,” Gallo said.
Hundreds of residents from the fishing town of Punta Allen, south of Tulum, were taken to emergency shelters and a smaller group was evacuated from the atoll of Banco Chinchorro on Tuesday.
Jorge Arturo Cruz, spokesman for the education department in Quintana Roo state, said schools were closed in communities along the coast and in Cozumel in anticipation of the storm.
The projected track shows it curving east toward Cuba and the Straits of Florida by early next week, though the hurricane center cautioned “there is great uncertainty as to where Rina will be located by the weekend.”
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