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Hurricane Rick gains strength

October 18, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Hurricane Rick strengthened into an "extremely dangerous" Category 5 storm off Mexico's Pacific coast and forecasters said it could strike the Baja California peninsula this week.

The storm had sustained winds of 160 mph, the U.S. National Hurricane Center reported, though it said it was likely to lose some of that punch before making landfall.

Forecasters said Rick was projected to stay well off the coast, then hit before the Baja California peninsula Wednesday, perhaps as a Category 2 hurricane.

Authorities in the resort of Acapulco closed the port to small craft after Rick kicked up heavy waves and gusts of wind.

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