Hurricane Rick approaching the coast of Mexico, expected to rapidly weaken on landfall

Hurricane Rick is moving toward the north near 6 mph (9 km/h), and a slightly faster motion toward the north-northwest or north is expected over the next day or two. On the forecast track, the center of Rick will approach the coast of Mexico today and tonight and make landfall on the coast of Mexico between Tecpan de Galeana and Punta San Telmo late tonight or on Monday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 85 mph (140 km/h) with higher gusts. Strengthening is forecast today while Rick moves closer to the coast of Mexico. After landfall, rapid weakening is expected, and Rick is forecast to dissipate over the mountainous terrain of southern Mexico Monday night or Tuesday.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles (30 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km).

A Tropical Storm Warning extends from east of Zihuatanejo to Tecpan de Galeana and from west of Punta San Telmo to Manzanillo.

Hurricane conditions are possible within the Hurricane Watch area by tonight, with tropical storm conditions possible by Sunday afternoon. Tropical storm conditions are possible within the Tropical Storm Watch areas by Sunday afternoon.

READ MORE: STATE EMERGENCY COMMITTEE MEETS BEFORE PASSAGE OF HURRICANE RICK THROUGH JALISCO

A storm surge is expected to produce significant coastal flooding in areas of onshore winds near and to the east of
where the center of Rick makes landfall in southwestern Mexico. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.

Rick will produce 5 to 10 inches of rain with isolated storm total amounts of 15 inches across coastal sections of the Mexican states of Guerrero, Michoacan, and Colima starting Saturday night. This will likely produce flash flooding and mudslides.

Swells generated by Rick will begin to affect portions of the southwestern coast of Mexico beginning by late Saturday. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Please consult products from your local weather office.

Puerto Vallarta could experience moderate to heavy rains generated by Hurricane Rick.

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