- Hurricane Rick strengthened and made landfall on the southern coast of Mexico as a Category 2 hurricane.
- Forecasters say Rick’s winds and rain could cause problems around Acapulco’s largest complex.
- Hurricane Rick could produce flash floods and landslides in the mountainous coastal terrain.
Slightly strengthened, Hurricane Rick approached the southern Pacific coast of Mexico, heading toward an expected landfall late Monday morning amid warnings of potential flash floods in the coastal mountains, The Associated Press reported.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Rick had maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour (150 kph) Sunday night and was expected to land somewhere on the coast between the tourist center of Zihuatanejo and the seaport of Lázaro Cárdenas. It was centered about 60 miles (100 kilometers) south of Zihuatanejo and was moving north at 6 mph (9 kph).
Hurricane Rick touches Mexico
Forecasters said the storm was relatively compact, with hurricane-force winds extending just 25 miles from the eye, but said its winds and rain could still cause problems around the larger Acapulco complex to the east.
The center warned that Rick could lead to flash floods and landslides in mountainous coastal terrain. “During its passage over land, it will cause heavy to torrential rains and possible landslides and floods, as well as increasing levels in streams and rivers, in the states of Guerrero, Michoacán, Colima and Jalisco,” said the National Water Commission of Mexico in a declaration.
Rick touches down as a Category 2
In accordance with Albert Martinez, the Univision meteorologist, Hurricane Rick made landfall off Mexican coasts as Category 2 and has winds of up to 105 mph between the states of Guerrero and Michoacán. The state of Guerrero, where Zihuatanejo and Acapulco are located, indicated that the rains and winds have already knocked down some trees and caused damage to a highway. Lazaro Cárdenas authorities said they had opened six emergency shelters for people who wanted to leave the low-lying areas. Zihuatanejo opened a shelter in the municipal auditorium.
They affirm that this natural phenomenon that will touch the Mexican soil registers maximum sustained winds of 140 kilometers per hour, gusts of 165 kilometers per hour, and advances in a trajectory towards the northwest at 9 kilometers per hour. So it is expected to arrive in its greatest strength.
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