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Rick Intensifies to a Ferocious Category 5 Hurricane Near Mexico’s Pacific Coast
Rick is now an extremely dangerous category 5 hurricane headed toward Baja California peninsula.
Satellite imagery indicates that Rick has maximum sustained winds of 260 km/h (160 mph), the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
A Category 5 hurricane, the highest on the five-level Saffir-Simpson scale, Rick could cause catastrophic damage in its path and beyond.
As of posting, Rick is about 370km (230 miles) south of Manzanillo, Mexico, and threatens to turn toward the Mexican coast on Tuesday, pummeling Baja California by early Thursday, on to mainland Mexico to dump an unprecedented amount of rain.
Rick is the seventh hurricane of the season in eastern north Pacific.
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Unenhanced satellite image of Rick at Cat 5 strength showing textbook eye and near-perfect symmetry
Coastal Watches/Warnings and 5-Day Track Forecast Cone
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NOAA Polar Mapped Mosaic Composites Showing Typhoon Lupit and Hurricane Rick
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GOES Satellite: East Pacific : Hurricane Rick(EP20)
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