Hurricane Patricia | The strongest Pacific Storm to ever hit land

  • By Maxim Philippe

 

The storm that dwarfed Hurricane Katrina

Satellite comparison between Hurricanes Katrina and Patricia

Satellite comparison between Hurricanes Katrina and Patricia

The eye of category 5 Hurricane, Patricia made landfall Friday at 6:15 p.m. CDT near Cuixmala in Jalisco state of southwest Mexico. Maximum sustained winds at landfall were estimated at 165 mph, still firmly within the Category 5 range on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

An automated weather observation site in Cuixmala reported winds of up to 211 mph and 20 inches of rainfall attacked the Mexican west coast. The average constant wind speed on landing was above 185 mph.

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Hurricane Patricia now holds the record for lowest pressure in any hurricane on record. With a minimum central pressure of 880 millibars (25.99 inches of mercury) at the 4 a.m. CDT advisory, Patricia broke the record of 882 millibars set by Wilma in the Atlantic Basin almost exactly 10 years ago.

 

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Hurricane Patricia slowed down over the following hours until 16 hours later it was heading for the Texas border not longer a hurricane but a tropical depression. Wind speeds may be reduced to a 40 mph average however Texas is already feeling the effects of the heavy rains that are accompanying the winds. The storm is set to survive through Sunday bringing wide spread flooding through southern Texas up to the city of Huston.


 

Hurricane Patricia in pictures

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M.Philippe@theinternational.org.uk