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 southernof 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, aforecaster.
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 <broken link> — , October 18, 2009
- Dan Hart. "Rick Becomes Category 5 Hurricane in Pacific, U.S. Agency Says" — , October 17, 2009