Update 11:00 p.m. EDT: Rina is still classified as a tropical storm, with 60 mph winds. It is 20 miles west of Cozumel, Mexico.
Rina still poses dangers as it encounters the Yucatan Peninsula through tonight.
Rina was on the verge of becoming a major hurricane (Category 3 strength or greater) Wednesday morning, but has since dramatically weakened due to upwelling (rough seas bringing up colder water from the depths) and disruptive wind shear (strong winds high in the atmosphere).
Rina was downgraded to a tropical storm Thursday morning.
Despite losing strength, Rina should not be taken lightly according to the AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center.
Torrential rain and a storm surge remain dangers to Mexico's state of Quintana Roo on the Yucatan Peninsula, including the popular resort cities of Cancun and Cozumel.
Squalls will increase across eastern Quintana Roo tonight as Rina moves along the coast.
Satellite image of Rina, courtesy of NOAA
The immediate coastline along and east of where Rina moves inland, which includes Cozumel Island, will be pounded with rough surf and a flooding storm surge of 1 to 3 feet above normal tide levels.
Rina is a relatively small system with its tropical storm-force winds extending only a few dozen miles away from its center. However, clusters of thunderstorms rotating about the center can bring gusty winds to inland areas of the Yucatan Peninsula and western Cuba.
These winds are still capable of causing power outages, as well as tree and property damage across eastern Quintana Roo.
Tourists walk past workers boarding up store windows ahead of the arrival of Rina in Cancun, Mexico, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
Localized areas of northeastern Quintana Roo will be hit by more than 4 inches of rain.
After Rina emerges back over water on Friday, the cold front bringing a dramatic drop in temperatures to Texas today will protect the United States from a direct hit.
Tropical moisture, however, could still get pulled northward and lead to vacation-ruining downpours across South Florida and the Keys this weekend.
The front will also act to push Rina back to the south into either western Cuba or the northwestern Caribbean.
While Rina should weaken during this time, the AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center will continue to monitor the potential for any impacts to lives and property along its future path.
Another visit from the Polar Vortex will deliver unseasonably cool air to the Midwest, preceded by rounds of thunderstorms, including severe weather.
The hot weather seen across the Northwest over the weekend will carry over into the new week, continuing the risk of heat-related illness.
It was a busy week around the globe for severe weather as Typhoon Neoguri inundated Japan, deadly storms wreaked havoc across the Northeast and sweltering heat moved into the Northwest.
Friday night saw two breathtaking phenomoma light up the sky, Manhattanhenge and the Supermoon.
Starting on Sunday, the Northeast and mid-Atlantic will be faced with severe thunderstorms and flooding downpours on multiple days before the new week ends on a more refreshing note.
Parts of the South will get major relief from heat, humidity and storms next week while other locations will be at greater risk for flash flooding.
The East (1975)
(13th-15th) A stationary front that extended from Maine to Florida caused 3 days of heavy rains from the Appalachians to the Atlantic Coast. River flooding in low-lying areas was reported in PA, NJ, DE, MD, VA and NC. Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD each received more than 3 inches of rain in a 24-hour period. Up to 7 inches of rain fell in 24 hours on parts of Maryland's eastern shore. Northern New Jersey was hit hardest with flash flooding. A total of 6.11 inches of rain fell on Trenton, NJ in a one-hour period. NJ was declared in a state of emergency and officials stated that as much as 34 inches of rain had fallen in the northern half of the state with property damage close to $30 million. Five people drowned.
New York City, NY (1977)
A thunderstorm north of city struck a power plant at 9:34 p.m., setting off a chain reaction and a power failure that would last into the following day. Looting resulted and a billion dollars worth of merchandise was lost.
Memphis, TN (1980)
108 degrees -- all-time record high.