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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Tropical Depression Rick races inland

Early this morning, local time Tropical Storm Rick made landfall on the Mexican mainland near Mazatlan after passing to the south of Baja California. Rick came ashore with winds of 55 MPH which is a major releif compared to the 180 MPH winds Rick earlier in its travels.

Tropical storm hits Mexican resort, topples trees (Houston Chronicle)
MAZATLAN, Mexico — Tropical Storm Rick hit Mexico's Pacific coast just north of the resort of Mazatlan on Wednesday, toppling trees and signs, after sparing Los Cabos on the Baja California peninsula a direct blow.

The center of the storm made landfall around 10 a.m. EDT (1400 GMT) with winds of about 55 mph (90 kph), kicking up high waves that drew residents of Mazatlan to the city's seaside boulevard to watch the spectacle.

After moving over land, the storm dissipated by the afternoon, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Authorities had no immediate reports of significant damage, though a steady rain had pelted the city since late Tuesday and several trees were toppled by the storm's winds. Electricity was knocked out in parts of the city, Sinaloa Gov. Jesus Aguilar told local media.

Rick is now a tropical depression and is moving rapidly across the Mexican mainland on its way to the southern US. The depression is located approximately in the center of northern Mexico and looks like it will enter South Texas as a remnant low pressure system before morning.

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