Hurricane Rick becomes Category 5 storm
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Hurricane Rick in the Eastern Pacific became an extremely powerful Category 5 hurricane on Saturday, the first in the region since 2002's Hurricane Kenna. Rick had winds of 180 mph (285 km/h), making it the second-strongest East Pacific tropical cyclone on record, but has since weakened slightly.
The storm is currently situated about 500 miles south-southeast of Cabo San Lucas, and is moving west-northwestward. Forecasters say Rick will eventually take a turn towards the northeast, bringing it towards the southern Baja California Peninsula of Mexico. Officials advise residents throughout the region to keep a close eye on the storm's progress over the coming days.
The storm formed just a few days ago, and quickly grew to an extremely dangerous Category 5 cyclone. "Rick is probably going to go into the record books as one of the most rapidly intensifying hurricanes," said Hugh Cobb, a National Hurricane Center forecaster.
Rick is the seventeenth named storm of the 2009 Pacific hurricane season.
- Forecasters Roberts and Brennan. "Hurricane Rick Public Advisory Number 13" — , October 18, 2009
- "Rick continues as Category 5 hurricane off Mexico" — , October 18, 2009
- Dan Hart. "Rick Becomes Category 5 Hurricane in Pacific, U.S. Agency Says" — , October 17, 2009