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Rina hits Cancun area as resorts empty

October 28, 2011 • Business


Tourists feed seagulls on the pier during the approach of Tropical Storm Rina in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, Thursday Oct. 27, 2011. Rina was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm Thursday afternoon after many tourists had already cut short their trips to Cancun and other Caribbean resorts ahead of what once threatened to be a Category 3 storm. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) — Tropical Storm Rina brushed between Mexico’s Caribbean coast and the island of Cozumel Thursday, lashing the area with wind and rain, as the Mexican Navy moved to forcibly evacuate some residents who refused to leave a low-lying island well north of the storm.

Playa de Carmen, a resort town across from Cozumel, was left without electricity and streets were largely empty as Rina swept the coast just 20 miles (30 km) west of Cozumel with winds of about 60 Login to read more

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