Rina Quickly Becomes Hurricane Off Honduras

Forecasters say Rina has quickly strengthened into a hurricane off the coast of Honduras.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Monday that Rina was a Category 1 hurricane with top winds of 75 mph (120 kph) and was centered about 195 miles (314 kilometers) southwest of Grand Cayman.

Forecasters say the storm could become a major hurricane with winds topping 111 mph (179 kph) by late Tuesday.

The storm is forecast to bring at least 2 inches of rain over the Cayman Islands.

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