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Hurricane RICK


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HURRICANE RICK SPECIAL ADVISORY NUMBER   8
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL   EP202009
315 AM PDT SAT OCT 17 2009
 
...RICK NOW AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS CATEGORY FOUR HURRICANE...

AT 315 AM PDT...1015 UTC...THE CENTER OF HURRICANE RICK WAS LOCATED
NEAR LATITUDE 14.0 NORTH...LONGITUDE 102.3 WEST OR ABOUT 255 MILES
...410 KM...SOUTHWEST OF ACAPULCO MEXICO AND ABOUT 370 MILES...595
KM...SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF MANZANILLO MEXICO.
 
RICK IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 12 MPH...19 KM/HR...
AND THIS MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.
ON THIS TRACK THE CORE OF RICK IS EXPECTED TO REMAIN OFFSHORE
OF THE SOUTHERN COAST OF MEXICO OVER THE WEEKEND AS THE HURRICANE
MOVES GENERALLY PARALLEL TO THE COAST.  
 
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR 135 MPH...215
KM/HR...WITH HIGHER GUSTS. RICK IS NOW AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS
CATEGORY FOUR HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON SCALE.  ADDITIONAL
STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 36 HOURS...AND RICK
COULD BE NEAR CATEGORY FIVE HURRICANE BY TONIGHT. 
 
HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 35 MILES...55 KM...FROM
THE CENTER...AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 105
MILES...165 KM.
 
THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 948 MB...27.99 INCHES.

OUTER RAINBANDS ASSOCIATED WITH RICK WILL CONTINUE TO AFFECT THE
SOUTHERN COAST OF MEXICO THROUGH TONIGHT.
 
...SUMMARY OF 315 AM PDT INFORMATION...
LOCATION...14.0N 102.3W
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...135 MPH
PRESENT MOVEMENT...WEST-NORTHWEST OR 290 DEGREES AT 12 MPH
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...948 MB
 
THE NEXT ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER AT
800 AM PDT.
 
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FORECASTER BRENNAN/CANGIALOSI
 
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