The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Hurricane Rick made its way to Mexico’s Pacific coast early Monday, hitting the region with 100 mph (MPH) winds and heavy rain, which could cause flash floods and hurricanes. There may be a landslide.
The storm, packing maximum sustained winds of 105 mph (165 km/h), as of 7:00 a.m. (1200 GMT) local time, was 15 miles (northeast of) north-northeast of the port of Lázaro Cárdenas in the state of Michoacan. 25 kms). Miami-based NHC said in a public consultation.
“Rapid weakening is expected today while Rick moves over land, and Rick is forecast to spread to mountainous areas of southern Mexico tonight or Tuesday,” it said.
Rick is forecast to move inland into southern Mexico on Monday and is expected to produce 5 to 10 inches of rain, with an isolated storm total of 20 inches over parts of the Mexican states of Guerrero and Michoacan through Tuesday .
“The heavy rains are likely to cause flash floods and landslides,” the NHC said.
Mexico’s civil protection agency asked residents in the southern parts of those states to stay indoors until Sunday evening.
Guerrero’s education ministry said classes in the coastal region would be suspended on Monday, warning of heavy rain, strong gusts of wind and high waves in the Costa Grande region.
A government official told Televisa News that authorities in Guerrero and Michoacan as well as in the coastal states of Colima, Jalisco and Nayarit are opening shelters in areas where it is likely to rain.
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