A weakened Hurricane Rina is just south of Cozumel this morning and is expected to cross the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula sometime tonight or early Friday morning. Rina has diminished to a Category 1 hurricane, defying earlier predictions that it would grow into a major hurricane.
The storm has maximum sustained winds of about 75 mph. Landfall is likely to occur somewhere in the major tourist zone of the Riviera Maya.
Cruise ships have been rerouted to other destinations, any some tourists have decided to cut short their vacations in Cancun and Cozumel and depart ahead of the storm. Cancun's airport, the major gateway to the region, remains open. Local tourism officials have urged travelers scheduled to visit the region to put off their plans until the storm passes.
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