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Rina weakens to tropical storm

Rina has weakened to a tropical storm and lost its hurricane status in the Caribbean off the Yucatan coast.

Storm weakening as it brushes Yucatan's Caribbean coast

People wait at the international airport ahead of the passage of Rina in Cancun, Mexico, on Wednesday. (Marco Ugarte/Associated Press)

Rina has weakened to a tropical storm and lost its hurricane status in the Caribbean off the Yucatan coast.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Thursday that Rina's maximum sustained winds are down to 110 km/h.

The forecast track shows it near or over the northeast coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula later Thursday or early Friday before curving back out to sea.

Additional weakening is forecast in the next 48 hours.

The hurricane is centred about 145 kilometres south of Cozumel.