Guerrero and Michoacán on alert for the intensification of “Rick” to a category 2 hurricane

After the tropical storm this Saturday morning “Rick” evolved into hurricane category 1 on the shores of Mexican Pacific, the National Meteorological Service (SMN) warned that during the early this sunday will escalate to category 2 on the Saffir-Simpson scale, possibly increasing over time.

This was noted in a statement published at 22:05 hours on the Twitter account of the National Water Commission (With water):

“The intensity forecast indicates that, on Sunday afternoon or evening, Rick could be a major category hurricane, as its wind speeds are expected to be equivalent to category 3 on the Saffir-Simpson scale”

People are photographed on an Acapulco beach as Tropical Storm Rick strengthened (Photo: Reuters)

Currently, Its center is located approximately 270 kilometers (km) south of Zihuatanejo, Warrior, and 290 km south of Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán. It has maximum sustained winds of 140 kilometers per hour (km / h), gusts of 165 km / h, and is moving north-northwest at 7 km / h.

Its cloudy bands will cause in the next few hours Torrential rains (150 to 250 millimeters) in Guerrero and Oaxaca; very heavy rains (from 50 to 75 mm) in Michoacán, Morelos and Puebla; gusts of wind from 60 to 70 km / h waves from 2 to 4 meters high on the coasts of Guerrero and Michoacán.

These rains can cause landslides, increased levels of rivers and streams, and overflows and floods in low-lying areasTherefore, the SMN encourages the general population and maritime navigation to take extreme precautions in the areas of the states mentioned, as well as heed the recommendations issued by the authorities of the National System of Civil protection in each entity.

(Photo: Conagua)
(Photo: Conagua)

While for this Sunday morning, they forecast extraordinary rains (greater than 250 mm) in Guerrero and Michoacán; intense (from 75 to 150 mm) for Colima, southern Jalisco and western Oaxaca; and very strong for the southwest of the State of Mexico and in Morelos.

In this sense, it is expected that reach category 3 during the afternoon and weaken to category 2 on Monday, the same day that could touching earth in the limits of the states of Jalisco and Michoacán.

Then it will head north, though will lose strength and it will degrade to a tropical depression as long as it remains on land.

In this regard, the president Andrés Manuel López Obrador indicated that he is aware of the affectations caused by Hurricane Rick in Michoacán and Guerrero, in the latter state where he is on a work tour it will not be suspended.

President López Obrador with Governor Evelyn Salgado during his tour in Guerrero (Photo: Twitter / lopezobrador_)
President López Obrador with Governor Evelyn Salgado during his tour in Guerrero (Photo: Twitter / lopezobrador_)

From San Luis Acatlán, the President indicated that the National Civil Protection Coordination (CNPC) is in contact with the governments of those entities. Meanwhile he Army and Navy are ready to implement emergency care plans in the event of a disaster, Plan DN-III and the Marine Plan.

“That we have information about the weather, a hurricane is affecting not very strong but it is affecting the Costa Grande of Guerrero and the coast of Michoacán”, Declared in a conference with the governor Evelyn Salgado.


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