Hurricane Rick makes landfall in Mexico as Category 2 storm
Rick made landfall early Monday morning as a Category 2 hurricane
Hurricane Rick made landfall in southern Mexico early Monday morning as a Category 2 storm, packing winds over 100 mph when it roared ashore.
Satellite imagery indicated the center of Rick crossed the coast at 5 a.m. Central about 15 miles east of Lázaro Cárdenas, Mexico, with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Rick rapidly weakened on Monday as it moved further inland over southern Mexico.
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Rick is expected to produce 5 to 10 inches of rain, with isolated storm-total amounts of 20 inches, across portions of the Mexican states of Guerrero and Michoacán through Tuesday. This heavy rainfall will likely produce flash flooding and mudslides, the NHC said.
The Associated Press reported six emergency shelters had been opened by authorities in Lázaro Cárdenas for people who might want to leave low-lying areas at risk of dangerous flooding.