Tropical Storm Richard churns toward Honduras

AP News
Posted: Oct 23, 2010 6:01 AM
Tropical Storm Richard churns toward Honduras

Tropical Storm Richard is moving through the Caribbean Sea and is on course to hit the northeast coast of Honduras.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says that as of 5 a.m. EDT Saturday, Richard was located about 55 miles (90 kilometers) north of Cabo Gracias a Dios on the Nicaragua-Honduras border and is moving west at 8 mph (13 kph).

A tropical storm warning and hurricane watch were issued Friday that 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 storm could dump three to five inches of rain on Honduras that could cause life-threatening flash floods and mud slides.