Thousands of tourists have left Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula as a weakening former Hurricane Rina approached the popular resort destination.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said in an advisory early today that Rina weakened into a tropical storm and that it was passing just west of Cancún, México.
Rina’s center was 15 miles or 25 kilometers west of Cancún early Friday, with sustained winds of 95 kph or 60 mph.
Tourists flocked Wednesday to the international airport near Cancún, trying to head home in advance of the storm. Some flights were canceled Thursday.
Authorities closed schools in the region and evacuated more than 2,300 people from Holbox, an island off Yucatan’s northern coast.
In 2005, the Mexican region was devastated by Hurricane Wilma, which washed away most of Cancun’s famous white-sand beaches.