Those living on the Pacific Coast may want to get their umbrellas out. It looks like Hurricane Rick will make landfall near Mexico. The storm strengthened overnight Friday, turning into a hurricane. Officials are expecting the storm to grow to major hurricane strength as it heads for the coastline.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Rick is the eighth major storm to form in the Pacific this year. It should make landfall sometime today and remain through Sunday night. Gusts of winds up to 85 miles per hour are expected.
“Rick is expected to resume strengthening by tonight and become a major hurricane on Sunday,” the NHC said.
Officials at the Center also said winds could reach over 85 miles per hour at times as the storm continues to strengthen.
Conditions will be life-threatening with dangerous waves along the coastline and storm surges. Another concern is heavy flooding. The storm is projected to produce around 20 inches of rainfall as it plummets the land.
Warnings are in place for Tecpan de Galeana to Punta San Telmo. Additionally, the land east of Tecpan de Daleana to Acapulco and west of Punta San Telmo to Manzanillo are under tropical storm warnings, according to Yahoo! News.
Recent Hurricanes and Staying Prepared
Interestingly, the hurricane hit on the anniversary of Katrina. Further, Ida traveled northeast and pummeled parts of New Jersey and New York. Flooding was incredibly severe, displacing thousands of people as roadways turned into rivers.
The National Weather Service says preparedness is essential for areas of impact.
“Be ready for hurricane season. Today you can determine your personal hurricane risk, find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone, and review/update insurance policies. You can also make a list of items to replenish hurricane emergency supplies and start thinking about how you will prepare your home for the coming hurricane season. If you live in hurricane-prone areas, you are encouraged to complete these simple preparations before hurricane season begins on June 1. “
When preparing for a hurricane it’s important to also know the best evacuation routes and have a place to stay. Boarding windows, removing animals and stocking up on water and other supplies are also necessary. For power outages, it’s important to have plenty of flashlights and maybe even a backup generator in case the outage last for a long time.
Further, knowing your local resources and where to go in case of emergency is crucial.