A tropical depression strengthened into Tropical Storm Rina Sunday night over the northwestern Caribbean Sea, the National Hurricane Center said.
The storm's heavy rains were affecting northeastern Honduras.
At 11 p.m., Rina’s maximum sustained winds were at 40 miles per hour and it was located about 115 miles northeast of Cabo Gracias a Dios and 210 miles south southeast of Grand Cayman. It is moving towards the north-northeast near 8 miles per hour.
A tropical storm watch was in effect for the coast of Honduras from Punta Castilla east to the Nicaraguan border. A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are generally possible in the watch area within 48 hours.
The storm was expect to turn towards the northwest and then the west-northwest on Monday. Its center was expected to pass north of the northeastern coast of Honduras within the next couple of days.
Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 70 miles.