This NOAA satellite image taken Monday, Oct. 24, 2011 at 1:45 a.m. EDT shows dense cloud cover over the Great Lakes and parts of the Ohio Valley. Showers, periods of heavy rain and thunderstorms develop ahead of an advancing cold front from central Michigan to northeastern Illinois. To the south of the U.S., Tropical Storm Rina is located about 125 miles northeast of Cabo Gracias a Dios on the Nicaragua-Honduras border. (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND)
MIAMI (AP) _ Forecasters say Tropical Storm Rina has formed in the Caribbean Sea off the coasts of Honduras and Nicaragua and could become a hurricane by Tuesday.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center reports Monday that the storm’s center is located about 190 miles (305 kilometers) southwest of Grand Cayman.
It has maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (72 kph) and is moving northwest near 6 mph (9 kph).
Forecasters expect Rina to gain strength in the next two days and say it could become a hurricane by Tuesday night. The storm is forecast to bring at least an inch of rain along the northeast coast of Honduras and at least 2 inches of rain over the Cayman Islands.