(11 p.m. EDT) -- Hurricane Rick, an extremely dangerous Category Five storm with maximum sustained winds near 180 miles per hour, continues to surge through the Pacific.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Rick is the second strongest Eastern Pacific storm on record after 1997's Hurricane Linda, whose wind speed reached roughly 185 mph.
The 8 p.m. PDT (11 p.m. EDT) update from the NHC places the storm at 295 miles south-southwest of Manzanillo and 605 south-southeast of Cabo San Lucas. Both are popular cruise ports. Rick is expected to continue on its current path, moving parallel to the southern coast of Mexico, over the weekend. According to the NHC's five-day forecast (pictured right), the storm could make landfall by mid-week.
Cruise Ship Itinerary Changes
No itinerary changes have been reported at this time.
Weather Outlook: Next Affected Ships & Ports
A number of cruise ships are in the region. Silversea Cruises' Silver Shadow is scheduled to visit Acapulco tomorrow, October 18. Holland America's Veendam, Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas, NCL's Norwegian Star and Norwegian Sun are scheduled to visit cruise ports in the region, including Manzanillo, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas, on Monday and Tuesday.
Representatives from Royal Caribbean said they will provide an update tomorrow. The other lines could not be reached for comment.
--by Dan Askin, Associate Editor
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Dangerous Hurricane Rick Surging Through the Pacific; No Cruise Impact Yet
October 17, 2009