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Richard prompts tropical storm warning in Honduras

Oct 22, 2010 5:23:00 PM - thestate.com
A tropical storm warning and hurricane watch have been issued for the coast of Honduras as Tropical Storm Richard approaches in the Caribbean.

The watch and warning issued Friday cover the area from the border with Nicaragua west to Limon. A hurricane watch was also in place for a portion of the east coast of Mexico.

Richard's maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph (75 kph). But additional strengthening is forecast and it could become a hurricane over the weekend.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the tropical storm could dump three to five inches of rain on Honduras that could cause life-threatening flash floods and mud slides.

Richard is located about 130 miles (210 kilometers) east-northeast of Cabo Gracias a Dios on the Nicaragua-Honduras border and is moving west near 5 mph (7 kph).