Forecasters also watching new tropical disturbance in the Atlantic

Sun Sentinel

A tropical depression in the Caribbean strengthened into a storm on Sunday evening, the National Hurricane Center said.

At 5 a.m. Monday, Tropical Storm Rina was over the northwestern Caribbean sea with heavy rains affecting northeastern Honduras.  It was about 130 miles northeast of Cabo Gracias a Dios on the border between Nicaragua and Honduras, moving northwest at about 6 mph.

The storm's maximum sustained wind speed was 40 mph.

Rina's movement will shift to the west over the next few days, and it is expected to pass north of Honduras. It is also expected to strengthen over the next 48 hours.

Meanwhile a broad low pressure area nearing the windward islands is producing scattered showers and thunderstorms. It's moving west-northwest at about 10 mph. There's about a 10 percent chance it will become a tropical cyclone over the next 48 hours, the NHC said at 5 a.m.


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