From: Reuters
Published October 18, 2009 11:04 AM

Hurricane Rick strengthens to Cat 5

Hurricane Rick intensified to a top Category 5 storm off Mexico's Pacific coast on Saturday as it headed toward resorts on the Baja California peninsula next week, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

A Category 5 storm ranks at the top of the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale and can cause catastrophic damage.

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Rick, the seventh hurricane of the eastern north Pacific season, was about 290 miles south of Manzanillo, Mexico, with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph.

The center projected the hurricane turning toward the Mexican coast on Tuesday and slamming into Baja California on Thursday, also dumping heavy rain on the mainland.

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