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Rick Strenghtens to Category Five

by Mario Gomez

khou.com

Posted on October 17, 2009 at 11:36 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 27 at 11:11 AM

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After a slow start to both the Atlantic and Pacific hurricane season the second most powerful hurricane to form in the East Pacific is now hurricane Rick with winds of 180mph on Saturday evening.

Hurricane Linda's status as the most powerful hurricane with winds of 185mph could be in jeopardy since hurricane Rick is in very warm water with a low wind shear environment. Although hurricane Linda never made landfall on the mainland, hurricane Rick is forecast to turn Northeast Monday in response to a trough moving towards the Pacific coast. If this happens a very dangerous hurricane could threaten the Baja Peninsula of Mexico on Wednesday. Flooding and hurricane force wind gust could also impact the mainland of Mexico. For Texans the remnants of Rick could bring much needed rain for farmers and ranchers by midweek. The Pacific hurricane season is now running above normal with 19 named storms, 7 hurricanes with 4 of those becoming major. It is also one of the latest starting in forty years with no storms forming until June 21.

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