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Hurricane Rick may strike Baja

October 19, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Hurricane Rick, the strongest eastern North Pacific storm in more than a decade, raged across open seas, but forecasters said it could veer into resorts at the tip of the Baja California Peninsula by midweek.

The track of the Category 5 hurricane threatened to disrupt a major sport fishing tournament scheduled to start Wednesday in Los Cabos, where hundreds of fishermen -- mainly Americans -- were gathering.

The hurricane's winds were 175 mph, down slightly from a peak of 180 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. But it was projected to move over cooler waters and weaken to about Category 2 status with winds of about 98 mph before hitting land.

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