Hurricane Rick strengthens off Mexican coast

U.S. forecasters say Hurricane Rick has strengthened off the coast of Mexico and could become a major hurricane.

U.S. forecasters said Friday Hurricane Rick has strengthened off the coast of Mexico and could become a major hurricane.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Rick, a Category 2 hurricane, was about 415 kilometres south of Acapulco, Mexico.

The storm was moving west at about 17 kilometres an hour and was expected to run parallel to the Mexican coast for several days before possibly making a turn northward.

Forecasters said Rick, the seventh named storm of the eastern north Pacific season, had maximum sustained winds of about 160 kilometres an hour.

Hurricane Specialist John Cangialosi said Rick could become a Category 3 storm sometime Saturday. The storm posed no immediate threat to land, although its course could bring it closer to the Baja California peninsula by mid-next week.

Mexico's National Meteorological Service warned ocean vessels in the region to be prepared for steep waves, fierce winds and rain. The agency forecast cloudy skies with moderate to heavy rain for the Mexican states of Guerrero and Oaxaca.

The civil protection department in Acapulco issued a warning that the expected rain could set off landslides and flooding in the resort city.


With files from The Associated Press