MEXICO CITY, October 24 (Reuters) – Hurricane Rick released rain and wind on parts of Mexico’s Pacific coast late Sunday as the center crept closer to the beach north of the seaside resort of Acapulco, according to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC).
The storm was 100 miles (100 km) south of the beach town of Zihuatanejo in Guerrero state at 22 o’clock (0300 GMT), with “strong gusts and heavy rain” spreading.
Rick packed a maximum of prolonged winds of 150 kilometers per hour when it edged north at about 9 kilometers per hour.
The NHC estimated that the center of the hurricane would land at the end of Monday morning and throw the coast from Tecpan de Galeana in Guerrero, just north of Acapulco, to Punta San Telmo in the state of Michoacan.
Rain in parts of Guerrero and Michoacan was expected to reach 20 inches, which is likely to cause floods and landslides, the NHC said.
The Mexican Civil Protection Agency told residents in the southern parts of those states to stay indoors from Sunday night.
Guerrero’s education ministry said classes in the coastal area would be canceled on Monday, warning of heavy rain, strong gusts of wind and high waves in the Costa Grande region.
In the Acapulco area and north, waves can reach between 3 and 4 meters high, Guerrero officials said.
Rick was expected to disappear on Tuesday, NHC said.
Officials in Guerrero and Michoacan, as well as the coastal states of Colima, Jalisco and Nayarit, opened shelters in areas expected to receive heavy rainfall, a government official told Televisa News.
Storm Pamela struck Mexico’s western state of Sinaloa in mid-October like a hurricane, felling trees, damaging some buildings and flooding streets.
Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon; Editing by Mark Porter, Robert Birsel
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