Mexico Braces for Hurricane Patricia: ‘Strongest Storm Ever Measured’

by Jon Queally –

‘An extremely dangerous, potentially catastrophic hurricane,’ warns the National Hurricane Center

A state of emergency has been declared over large sections along Mexico’s Pacific coast Pacific coast of Mexico on Friday as Hurricane Patricia, listed now as a Category 5 and described as the “strongest storm ever measured on the planet.”

With sustained winds of over 160 mph and recorded gusts of 200 mph, the U.S. National Hurricane Center described Patricia as the “strongest hurricane on record” in eastern North Pacific Basins and forecasters are warning that coupled with those devastating winds, a powerful storm surge—featuring gigantic waves and massive inland flooding—could overwhelm coastal regions when it makes landfall in the coming hours.

“This is an extremely dangerous, potentially catastrophic hurricane,” said NHC meteorologist Dennis Feltgen.

Writing for the Weather Underground blog, meteorologist Bob Henson said that “history is being made” as experts assessed the size and strength of the unprecedented storm.

This satellite image on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, taken by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Hurricane Patricia moving over Mexico’s central Pacific Coast

According to Weather.com:

Mexico’s Pacific coast is in the crosshairs of Hurricane Patricia, which became the most powerful tropical cyclone ever measured in the Western Hemisphere on Friday morning as its maximum sustained winds reached an unprecedented 200 mph (320 kph).

The hurricane is forecast to make landfall in the Mexican state of Jalisco Friday evening as a catastrophic Category 5 hurricane capable of causing widespread destruction. Residents and authorities in Mexico are rushing to prepare for what will likely be the strongest hurricane to ever make landfall on that country’s Pacific coastline.

 

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