MEXICO CITY, Oct. 24 (Reuters) – Hurricane Rick slowly approached Mexico’s Pacific coast on Sunday, and is expected to trigger heavy rains north of the resort town of Acapulco late in the evening, the National reported. Hurricane Center (NHC) in the United States.
Rick was blowing maximum sustained winds of nearly 85 miles (140 km) per hour with strong gusts as he moved north at about 3 miles (6 km) per hour.
The storm was located 210 km south of the seaside town of Zihuatanejo, in the state of Guerrero.
The NHC has estimated that Rick will strengthen as he nears the coast and bring “a potentially lethal storm surge and dangerous hurricane-force winds” along part of the coast from Tecpan de Galeana to Guerrero. , just north of Acapulco, in Punta San Telmo. in Michoacan.
Precipitation in some areas was expected to reach 20 inches, likely causing flooding and mudslides.
Authorities in Guerrero have warned that waves in the Acapulco area and to the north could reach between 3 and 4 meters high.
Rick was due to dissipate by Tuesday, the NHC said.
The coastal states of Guerrero, Michoacan, Colima, Jalisco and Nayarit were opening shelters in areas expected to receive heavy rains, a government official told Televisa News.
Storm Pamela hit the state of Sinaloa in western Mexico in mid-October as a hurricane, leaving downed trees, damaged businesses and flooded streets.
Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon; Editing by Mark Porter
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