Hurricane Rick continues its way to western Mexico and it is expected that in the next few hours of this Sunday, October 24, it will make landfall at some point between Guerrero and Michoacán.
Although at the moment it remains a category one phenomenon on the Saffir-Simpson scale, the National Meteorological Service (SMN) noted that the system will intensify before entering the Republic and even, could evolve to level three, with winds of 178 to 208 kilometers per hour.
Throughout the day, the cyclone will hit western Mexico, leaving very heavy rains that could cause landslides or floods, among other havoc.
“During its journey, it will provoke heavy to torrential rains with possible landslides, floods and increase in rivers and streams, in the states of Guerrero, Michoacán, Colima and Jalisco, as well as strong winds and waves of four to six meters on its coasts. Likewise, it will cause heavy rains in the towns of Morelos, Puebla, the State of Mexico, Mexico City and Nayarit ”, indicated the climate agency.
If the forecasts are fulfilled, Rick will make landfall in the late afternoon of this Sunday, as a category two hurricane, between the municipalities of Lazaro Cardenas, Michoacán, and Zihuatanejo, Warrior. State and federal authorities urged the population to stay informed.
Minute by minute, with Central Mexico time (GMT-5)
12:00: Due to the imminent arrival of Hurricane Rick in western Mexico, the National Civil Protection Coordination expanded the alerts and issued warnings in ten states: Michoacán, Guerrero, Jalisco, Colima, State of Mexico, Nayarit, Puebla, Morelos and Zacatecas.
* Orange alert or high danger
By cyclone approaching: southeast, southwest and south of Michoacán; southwest of Guerrero; southeast of Jalisco; south, north, center and west of Colima.
* Yellow alert or moderate danger
By cyclone approaching: south, center and northwest of Guerrero; northwest, west and center of Michoacán; center, northwest and southwest of Jalisco.
* Green alert or low danger
By cyclone approaching: southeast, east and north of Guerrero; south of Edomex; west, east, center and south of Nayarit.
* Blue alert or minimal danger
By cyclone approaching: north and northeast of Jalisco; east and north of Michoacán; central and western Edomex; south of Puebla, west and south of Morelos; north of Nayarit, south of Zacatecas.
11:30: Through a statement, the Federal Electricity Commission reported that it organized an operation in the states of Guerrero, Michoacán, Colima and Jalisco, due to the possible effects of Hurricane Rick on the electricity supply. To do this, he arranged:
– 1,104 workers.
– 192 cranes.
– 405 vehicles.
– Two helicopters.
– 50 emergency plants.
– 18 lighting towers.
10:00: Rick continues as a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, with winds that maintain speeds of 140 kilometers per hour and gusts of 165 km / h.
According to the SMN, it continues to advance towards the national territory and is now very close to the Guerrero coast, just 180 kilometers away, and 220 kilometers south-southeast of Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán.
09:00: The National Civil Protection Coordination reported that due to the passage of Hurricane Rick, an alert was issued in six states and 448 municipalities.
The entities under notice are Michoacán, Guerrero, Colima, Jalisco, Oaxaca and the State of Mexico.
The highest alert level, colored yellow or moderate risk, was decreed in the following districts:
* Colima: Armory, Ixtlahuacán, Tecomán.
* Warrior: Atoyac de Álvarez, Benito Juárez, Coahuayutla de José María Izazaga, Coyuca de Benítez, Zihuatanejo de Azueta, Petatlán, Técpan de Galeana, La Unión de Isidoro Montes de Oca.
* Michoacán: Aquila, Arteaga, Coahuayana, Chinicuila, Lázaro Cárdenas, Tumbiscatío.
You can check the 448 municipalities in alert by clicking here.
07:00: Hurricane Rick continues to move across the Pacific Ocean as a Category 1 phenomenon, and is now closer to Guerrero, just 210 kilometers from the port of Zihuatanejo.
“It is moving very slowly towards the north, towards the coasts of Guerrero and Michoacán. Its cloud bands cause very strong rains at extraordinary points, strong winds and high waves in western, central and southern states of the national territory ”, indicated the SMN.
Rick’s maximum sustained winds churn at 140 kilometers per hour, with gusts of 165 km / h. That is, they maintain the intensity that they recorded at 04:00. However, it is expected to intensify throughout Sunday morning.
For the moment, the hurricane warnings issued in the 04:15 report are maintained.
05:00: the National Coordination of Civil Protection updated the alert levels due to the passage of the hurricane, which remains in category 1 on the Saffir-Simpson scale.
* Yellow alert or moderate danger:
By approaching cyclone: southwest and south of Michoacán; southwest of Guerrero, south of Colima.
* Green alert or low hazard:
By approaching cyclone: southeast of Michoacán; northwest, center, south and southeast of Guerrero; west, center and north of Colima; southeast and southwest of Jalisco.
* Blue alert or minimal danger:
By approaching cyclone: northwest and center of Jalisco; northwest, west and center of Michoacán; north and east of Guerrero; South of Mexico.
By cyclone moving away: northwest and southwest of Oaxaca.
04:15: Rick remains a Category 1 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 140 kilometers per hour and gusts that already reach 165 kilometers per hour.
The National Meteorological Service (SMN) pointed out that the cyclone is located very close to Guerrero, just 235 kilometers south of the coast of Zihuatanejo and 270 kilometers from San Lázaro, Michoacán.
Due to the proximity of the system and its trajectory forecast, the following warnings are maintained:
* Hurricane prevention zone: from Tecpan de Galeana, Guerrero, to Punta San Telmo, Michoacán.
* Prevention zone due to tropical storm effects: from Tecpan de Galeana to Acapulco, Guerrero; and from Punta San Telmo, Michoacán, to Manzanillo, Colima.
In addition, the climate agency indicated that extraordinary rains are expected in Michoacán and Guerrero; intense in southern Jalisco, Colima and western Oaxaca; as well as very strong in the State of Mexico and Morelos.