Hurricane Rina continued to lose strength early Thursday but remained a Category 1 storm with 75 mph winds and higher gusts as the cyclone heads toward the east coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami-Dade issued an advisory at 7 a.m., reporting that the storm is becoming less organized and may fizzle into a tropical storm later Thursday.
Most encouraging for South Florida: Rina is forecast to hook sharp to the south Saturday morning and dissipate into a tropical storm soon after while remaining west of Cuba.
Early Thursday Rina continued its slog toward Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula as a Category 1 storm, leading Mexican authorities to evacuate hundreds from low lying areas, and tourists to abandon Cancun and other resorts.
Rina, whose maximum sustained winds were 110 mph early Wednesday, is about 115 miles south of Cozumel, moving northwest at about 6 mph.