Cancun area resorts empty as hurricane approaches -

Cancun area resorts empty as hurricane approaches

CANCUN, Mexico (AP) -- Cancun and other Mexican resorts are emptying of tourists today as they try to get out before Hurricane Rina makes a pass this weekend along Yucatan's Caribbean coast.
Mexican authorities have evacuated hundreds of residents from low-lying areas and the federal government closed the archaeological sites that dot the coast. NASA cut short an undersea laboratory mission near Key Largo, Florida.
Lines snaked from ticket counters in Cancun's crowded airport yesterday. Many travelers said they were already scheduled to leave but some decided to cut their trips short.
Ports closed to navigation for recreational, fishing and small boats in the state that's home to Cancun, and neighboring Yucatan stat. The island of Cozumel was closed to larger vessels.
Rina, with maximum winds around 85 mph, is forecast to weaken as it sweeps along Mexico's most popular tourist destinations.

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