Storm Rick Forms in the Pacific and Threatens Michoacán

Tropical storm Rick developed this Friday off the coast of Guerrero and by Sunday it could reach a category 1 hurricane

The tropical storm Rick held this Friday from Tropical Depression Seventeen-E, off the coast of the state Mexican of Guerrero, on the Pacific Ocean, and on Sunday would reach Category 1 hurricane, he reported the Meteorological Service National (SMN).

In its most recent statement, the SMN indicated that at 4:00 p.m. (9:00 p.m. GMT) the cyclone was located approximately 430 kilometers (km) south-southwest of Acapulco, Guerrero, and 745 km south-southeast of Manzanillo, Colima.

In addition, it registers maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour (km / h), gusts of 85 km / h, and displacement towards the west-northwest at 11 km / h.

He also warned that during the next few hours, its circulation will cause intense rains (from 75 to 150 millimeters), gusts of wind of 50 to 60 km / h, and waves of 1 to 3 meters in height in Guerrero and Oaxaca.

The SMN warned that the rains caused by this system “can cause landslides (landslides), increase in the levels of rivers and streams and overflows and floods in low-lying areas, so the SMN urges the population of the aforementioned states to extreme precautions and attends the instructions issued by the Civil Protection authorities in each entity.

While maritime navigation in the vicinity of the formation called for extreme precautions due to the winds and waves that are expected during this day.


In a previous conference, the coordinator of the SMN, Alejandra Méndez, pointed out that during Saturday and the first hours of Sunday, tropical storm Rick could intensify to a category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, with winds of 119 to 153 km / h, heading towards the coasts of Michoacán and Colima.

He added that as of Monday, Rick will be “very close to the coasts of Michoacán and Colima, where its center could impact on Monday evening” and after making landfall, it would continue its trajectory towards Jalisco and Nayarit, quite possibly as a tropical storm or depression.

He explained that, on its way, the cyclone will cause heavy to torrential rains in Guerrero, Michoacán, Colima, and Jalisco and Nayarit, as well as heavy to very heavy rains in the towns of Morelos, Puebla, State of Mexico, Mexico City, Nayarit, Zacatecas, and Aguascalientes.

On October 13, cyclone Pamela made landfall as a category 1 hurricane in the state of Sinaloa, in the Mexican Pacific, where after its passage it left 2,000 affected families, in addition to 9,000 victims in the neighboring state of Nayarit and material damage, on everything in the electrical network.

The Mexican authorities predicted last May the formation of between 14 and 20 named systems in the Pacific Ocean for this season, while for the Atlantic they predicted 15 to 19 meteorological phenomena.

This year in the Pacific Ocean the cyclones Andrés, Blanca, Carlos, Dolores, Enrique, Felicia, Guillermo, Hilda, Ignacio, Jimena, Kevin, Linda, Marty, Nora, Olaf, Pamela and Rick have formed.

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