Historic Hurricane Slams Into Mexico Coast

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Hurricane Patricia is about to make landfall on the Western coast of Mexico just south of Puerto Vallarta.

This Category 5 hurricane is expected to bring catastrophic sustained winds of up to 200 mph, to southwestern Mexico late on Friday and Friday night.

Patricia is the strongest hurricane on record, stronger even than hurricane Linda and Hurricane Wilma.

Below find the latest data from the National Weather Service.

“There is no reason for Patricia to weaken significantly before making landfall, so the southwest coast of Mexico will likely be experiencing wind gusts of 185 mph or greater late Friday into Friday night,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Becky Elliott said.

BULLETIN

HURRICANE PATRICIA ADVISORY NUMBER 15

NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL EP202015

1000 AM CDT FRI OCT 23 2015

…POTENTIALLY CATASTROPHIC HURRICANE PATRICIA MOVING NORTHWARD

TOWARD LANDFALL IN SOUTHWESTERN MEXICO…

SUMMARY OF 1000 AM CDT…1500 UTC…INFORMATION

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LOCATION…17.6N 105.5W

ABOUT 125 MI…200 KM SW OF MANZANILLO MEXICO

ABOUT 195 MI…310 KM S OF CABO CORRIENTES MEXICO

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…200 MPH…325 KM/H

PRESENT MOVEMENT…N OR 5 DEGREES AT 10 MPH…17 KM/H

MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…880 MB…25.99 INCHES

hurricane patricia path
Accuweather shows Hurricane Patricia tracking over Mexico, between Manzanillo and Puerto Vallarta, towards Monterrey.

WATCHES AND WARNINGS

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CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:

The Government of Mexico has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for the

coast of Mexico north of San Blas to El Roblito.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for…

* San Blas to Punta San Telmo

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for…

* East of Punta San Telmo to Lazaro Cardenas

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…

* East of Punta San Telmo to Lazaro Cardenas

* North of San Blas to El Roblito

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