Force of Nature

Hurricane Heads for Mexican Resort Towns

Baja California is bracing itself for what is shaping up to be the strongest eastern North Pacific storm to hit in a decade. Hurricane Rick, a Category 5 hurricane, is making its way over parts of Mexico, threatening to veer into resorts on the Baja California Peninsula by midweek, though forecasters say it could weaken to a Category 2 before hitting land. On Sunday, winds were clocked at 160 miles per hour, a slight drop from its peak of 180 miles per hour. As of late Sunday, the eye of the storm hovered about 450 miles south of resort town Cabo San Lucas. Local authorities have planned to open storm shelters in anticipation of evacuations. Forecasters say the storm will first touch land in Cabo, disrupting a fishing tournament schedule for the area. "Rick is probably going to go into the record books as one of the most rapidly intensifying hurricanes," a meteorologist said.