MIAMI (AP) — Forecasters say Tropical Storm Rina has formed in the Caribbean Sea off the coasts of Honduras and Nicaragua and it could become a hurricane by the end of the week.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Sunday night that the storm's center was located about 115 miles (185 kilometers) northeast of Cabo Gracias on the border of Honduras and Nicaragua.
It had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (64 kph) and was moving north-northwest at 8 mph (13 kph).
A tropical storm watch was in effect on the coast of Honduras from Punta Castilla eastward to the Nicaraguan border.
Forecasters expect Rina to gain strength in the next 48 hours and said it could become a hurricane by the end of the week.