Hurricane Rick weakens in Pacific, still dangerous

But weather officials said it still posed a danger to Mexico's southern Baja peninsula.

Hurricane Rick weakens in Pacific, still dangerous

Hurricane Rick's 175 mph (281 kmh) winds weakened on Sunday and the storm was reclassified as a category four hurricane but weather officials said it still posed a danger to Mexico's southern Baja peninsula.

At 11 p.m. EDT (0300 GMT) Rick was about 410 miles (660 km) south of the resort of Cabo San Lucas, moving toward the northwest at 13 mph (20 kmh). Its maximum sustained winds had slipped to 145 mph (230 kmh) by the time it was downgraded from category five -- the most powerful on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale -- to category four.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said additional weakening is forecast during the next two days but Rick still is expected to be a dangerous hurricane as it approaches Baja California.

The center said a hurricane watch may be required for parts of the peninsula early on Monday and it was expected to hit Baja California resorts by mid-week.

Rick is the seventh hurricane of the eastern north Pacific season. Pacific storms pose no threat to Mexico's large oil industry in the Gulf of Mexico but the Baja California peninsula is popular with U.S. tourists for its resorts in the Los Cabos area.


Reuters

Last Mod: 19 Ekim 2009, 07:51
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