Posted by: mrpeatie | October 20, 2009

Hurricane Rick: 2nd Strongest Ever Recorded in Eastern Pacific

Over the weekend, Hurricane Rick intensified into a mammoth Category 5 storm with maximum sustained winds of 180 mph and a central pressure of 906 mb. This made Rick the 2nd strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Eastern Pacific. The strongest Eastern Pacific storm was Hurricane Linda of 1997 which had winds of 185 mph and a central pressure of 902 mb.

Below is an image from Sunday morning of Hurricane Rick at its peak intensity from Jeff Masters’ WunderBlog. Although the storm quickly weakened over the next day from wind shear and dry air, its power and fury should serve as a reminder that Mother Nature can bring the ruckus at anytime. Rick is expected to make landfall along the Mexican coast as a tropical storm later this week.

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