Tourists fleeing Hurricane Rina crowded Cancun's airport Wednesday even as the cyclone lost some of its punch while heading toward Mexico's resort-studded Caribbean coast.
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Authorities are evacuating fishing communities on Mexico's resort-studded Caribbean coast and some tourists have begun to leave as Hurricane Rina takes aim at Cancun and the island of Cozumel.
An animation of NOAA's GOES-13 satellite observations shows the development of Hurricane Rina from the low pressure area called System 96L (bottom, center) in the western Caribbean Sea. GOES-13 cloud images are overlaid on a true-color NASA/MODIS map. The observations date from October 22 at 8:45 a.m. EDT through Oct. 24 at 7:45 a.m. EDT; Rina formally became a Tropical Storm at 10 p.m. EDT on Oct. 23, and a hurricane later on Oct. 24.
An animation of satellite observations from August 21 through August 29 showing the birth of Hurricane Irene in the Caribbean and her track over Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, the Bahamas, up the U.S. east coast and into Canada. Irene grew to a Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale and made landfalls in North Carolina, New Jersey and New York. The GOES-13 cloud images are overlaid on a true-color MODIS map of the entire eastern US and Greater Antilles. Data from NOAA's GOES-13 satellite.
Forecasters say Hurricane Irene has gotten a bit stronger as it lashed the southeastern Bahamas. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Wednesday afternoon that Irene's winds had strengthened to about 120 mph.