Hurricane Rick weakens in Pacific, still dangerous

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October 19, 2009 05:44


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Hurricane Rick weakened in the eastern North Pacific on Sunday but was still a dangerous storm that forecasters said could veer into resorts at the tip of the Baja California Peninsula by midweek. Rick's winds had decreased by Sunday night to 145 mph (230 kph), making it a Category 4 hurricane - down from its peak winds of 180 mph (285 kph) as a Category 5 storm, the US National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, said. The storm is expected to weaken further over the next couple of days, but forecasters said a hurricane watch may be required for parts of southern Baja California on Monday. They said they expected Rick to make landfall by midweek as a Category 1 or Category 2 hurricane, with winds ranging from 74 mph (120 kph) to 110 mph (177 kph). As of 11 p.m. EDT Sunday (0300 GMT Monday), the eye was centered about 410 miles (660 kilometers) south of the peninsula town of Cabo San Lucas. The storm was moving toward the northwest near 13 mph (20 kph).

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