Hurricane Rina loses punch as nears Mexico resorts

October 27, 2011 15:46

PLAYA DEL CARMEN/CANCUN, Mexico - Hurricane Rina bore down on Mexico's Caribbean coast on Thursday, causing travel chaos and evacuations although a weakening in force eased concerns about major damage.

Rina could weaken to a tropical storm before it neared the eastern coast of the Yucatan peninsula in the evening, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said. The coast is home to the strip of resorts known as the Riviera Maya.

In Playa del Carmen, strong rain had eased by the morning although the sea was choppy and the dock for ships to the tourist island of Cozumel was closed.

While most souvenir and gift shops on the pedestrian boulevard 5th Avenue had their steel shutters drawn, only a few beach front properties had their windows secured with wooden panels.

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