Hurricane "Rick" now an extremely dangerous category four hurricane

posted Jul 11, 2012, 9:10 PM by Tom Kachelman   [ updated Jul 11, 2012, 9:11 PM ]
At 315 am PDT/1015 UTC the center of Hurricane Rick was located near latitude 14.0 north/longitude 102.3 west or about 255 miles/410 km southwest of Acapulco Mexico and about 370 miles /595 km south-southeast of Manzanillo Mexico. Rick is moving toward the west-northwest near 12 mph/19 km/hr and this motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days. On this track the core of Rick is expected to remain offshore of the southern coast of Mexico over the weekend as the hurricane moves generally parallel to the coast. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 135 mph/215 km/hr with higher gusts. Rick is now an extremely dangerous category four hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 36 hours and Rick could be near category five hurricane by tonight.



Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 35 miles/55 km from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 105 miles/165 km. The estimated minimum central pressure is 948 mb/27.99 inches. Outer rainbands associated with Rick will continue to affect the southern coast of Mexico through tonight. Interests in the southwestern coast of Mexico and Baja California should closely monitor the progress of this extremely dangerous hurricane during the next several days.