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Hurricane Rick makes landfall on Mexico's Pacific coast

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Hurricane Rick makes landfall on Mexico's Pacific coast
Hurricane Rick makes landfall on Mexico's Pacific coast   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  

<div> <p><span class="caps">MEXICO</span> <span class="caps">CITY</span> – The eye of Hurricane Rick came ashore on Mexico’s Pacific coast early on Monday, lashing the region with 100 mile-per-hour (<span class="caps">MPH</span>) winds and heavy rains that could trigger flash flooding and mudslides, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (<span class="caps">NHC</span>) said.</p> <p>The storm, packing maximum sustained winds of 105 <span class="caps">MPH</span> (165 KM/H), was 15 miles (25 kilometers) north-northeast of the port of Lazaro Cardenas in Michoacan state as of 7:00 A.M. local time (1200 <span class="caps">GMT</span>), the Miami-based <span class="caps">NHC</span> said in a public advisory.</p> <p>“Rapid weakening is expected today while Rick moves over land, and Rick is forecast to dissipate over the mountainous terrain of southern Mexico tonight or Tuesday,” it said.</p> <p>Rick is forecast to move farther inland over southern Mexico throughout Monday and expected to produce 5 to 10 inches of rain, with isolated storm total amounts of 20 inches across parts of the Mexican states of Guerrero and Michoacan through Tuesday.</p> <p>The heavy rains “will likely produce flash flooding and mudslides,” the <span class="caps">NHC</span> said.</p> <p>Mexico’s civil protection agency told residents in the southern parts of those states to stay indoors as of Sunday evening.</p> <p>Guerrero’s education ministry said classes in the coastal area would be suspended on Monday, warning of intense rain, strong gusts of wind and high waves in the Costa Grande region. </p> <p>Officials in Guerrero and Michoacan as well as the coastal states of Colima, Jalisco and Nayarit were opening shelters in areas expected to get downpours, a government official told Televisa News.</p> <p/> </div>