Rick nabs attention with its rapid evolution

posted Jul 11, 2012, 9:07 PM by Tom Kachelman   [ updated Jul 11, 2012, 9:07 PM ]
Rick nabs attention with its rapid evolution interests in southwestern Mexico and Baja California should monitor the progress of the hurricane.
At 800 PM PDT/0300 UTC the center of Hurricane Rick was located near latitude 13.3 north...longitude 101.0 west or about 260 miles/415 km south-southwest of Acapulco Mexico. Rick is moving toward the west-northwest near 10 mph/17 km/hr and this motion is expected to continue at least for the next two days.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 100 mph/160 km/hr with higher gusts.
Some additional strengthening is forecast during the next 24 hours and Rick is expected to become a major hurricane on Saturday. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 25 miles/35 km from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 85 miles/140 km.
Estimated minimum central pressure is 975 mb/28.79 inches.
Outer rain bands associated with Rick are already approaching the southern coast of Mexico and should continue to affect the area on Saturday.