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Hurricane Rick weakens but Mexico on alert

</head> <body> <p>MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Hurricane Rick weakened to a category three storm on Monday but weather officials issued a hurricane watch for Mexico's southern Baja California region as it closed in on the peninsula.</p> <p>Rick had been a category five storm -- the most powerful on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale -- with 175 mph (281 kmh) winds during the weekend before being downgraded.</p> <p>The U.S. National Hurricane Center said at 5 a.m. EDT (0900 GMT) its sustained winds were clocked at 125 mph (205 kmh) as it churned about 380 miles south-southwest of the popular resort of Cabo San Lucas.</p> <p>The storm was moving to the northwest at 10 mph (17 kmh) and was expected to build speed. Its center was expected to be nearing Southern Baja California late Tuesday or early Wednesday.</p> <p>The Mexican government issued a hurricane watch for the target area. Even though Rick was expected to weaken further, forecasters said it still would be a dangerous hurricane as it neared the peninsula.</p> <p>Rick is the seventh hurricane of the eastern north Pacific season. Pacific storms pose no threat to Mexico's large oil industry in the Gulf of Mexico but the Baja California peninsula is popular with U.S. tourists for its resorts in the Los Cabos area.</p> <p>(Reporting by Robin Emmott, Editing by Bill Trott)</p> </body> </html> </div><!-- end article-body --> </div><!-- end aticle-body-wrapper --> <aside> <ul class="social-share-btns clearfix"> <li><g:plusone size="medium" href="http://whtc.com/news/articles/2009/oct/17/rick-grows-into-major-hurricane-in-mexican-pacific/"></g:plusone></li> <li><div id="fb-root"></div><script src="http://connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#appId=112315878855956&xfbml=1"></script><fb:like href="http://whtc.com/news/articles/2009/oct/17/rick-grows-into-major-hurricane-in-mexican-pacific/" action="recommend" send="true" layout="button_count" width="150" show_faces="false" font=""></fb:like></li> <li><a href="http://twitter.com/share" class="twitter-share-button" data-url="http://whtc.com/news/articles/2009/oct/17/rick-grows-into-major-hurricane-in-mexican-pacific/" data-text="Hurricane Rick weakens but Mexico on alert" data-count="horizontal">Tweet</a><script type="text/javascript" src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script></li> </ul><!-- end social-share-btns --> </aside> </div><!-- end article-container --> <section class="clearfix text-ad-container"><div class="text-ad"></div><div class="text-ad"></div><div class="text-ad"></div></section> <div id='taboola-below-main-column'></div> <script type="text/javascript"> window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({mode:'thumbs-2r', container:'taboola-below-main-column', placement:'below-main-column'}); </script> <div id='taboola-text-2-columns'></div> <script type="text/javascript"> window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({mode:'text-links-5r', container:'taboola-text-2-columns', placement:'text-2-columns'}); </script> <script> window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({flush:true}); </script> <section class="comment-container"> <h1 class="h2 visuallyhidden">Comments</h1> <a href="/news/articles/2009/oct/17/rick-grows-into-major-hurricane-in-mexican-pacific/#disqus_thread"></a> <div id="disqus_thread" class="section-widget"></div> <script type="text/javascript"> var disqus_shortname = 'whtc'; var disqus_title = 'Hurricane Rick weakens but Mexico on alert'; var disqus_url = 'http://whtc.com/news/articles/2009/oct/17/rick-grows-into-major-hurricane-in-mexican-pacific/'; (function() { var dsq = document.createElement('script'); dsq.type = 'text/javascript'; dsq.async = true; dsq.src = 'http://' + disqus_shortname + '.disqus.com/embed.js'; (document.getElementsByTagName('head')[0] || document.getElementsByTagName('body')[0]).appendChild(dsq); })(); </script> </section><!-- end comment-container --> </article> </div><!-- end of col-1 --> <div id="col-2"> <form class="section-search-form clearfix" method="get" action="/search/"> <fieldset class="clearfix"> <input class="section-search" type="text" rel="Search News" name="q" placeholder="Search News" /> <input class="section-search-submit" type="image" alt="Search" src="http://static.mwcradio.com/images/icons/section-search.gif" /> </fieldset> </form> <div class="ad-300x250"></div> <aside class="aside-module top-stories"> <h1>Top Stories</h1> <ul class="unstyled-list single-col-list"> <li><a href="/news/articles/2014/jul/31/local-companies-affected-by-wall-street-plunge/" title="Full Article: Local Companies Affected by Wall Street Plunge">Local Companies Affected by Wall Street Plunge</a></li> <li><a href="/news/articles/2014/jul/31/two-injured-in-reported-grand-haven-twp-crash/" title="Full Article: Two Injured in Grand Haven Twp. 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