Hurricane Rick Becomes Category 5 Hurricane Off Mexico

October 18, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Hurricane Rick has become the strongest hurricane in the eastern north Pacific Ocean in more than a decade, as it turned into an “extremely dangerous” Category 5 storm on Saturday with sustained winds reaching 180 mph (285 kph).  As of early Sunday, the center was about 555 miles (890 km) south-southeast of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and was expected to turn toward the northwest over the coming 48 hours.

Thankfully the U.S. National Hurricane Center says Rick should stay offshore for several days, before approaching the Baja California Peninsula, perhaps as a much calmer Category 2 hurricane, at midweek. The Pacific’s El Nino ocean-warming phenomenon has set the conditions for a storm like Rick, but has resulted in an especially calm Atlantic hurricane season.  There have only been two hurricanes in the 2009 Atlantic season, which runs from June 1 to late November 30, but normally peaks in September and October.


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