Mexico braces for strongest hurricane in Western hemisphere

Hurricane Patch to useFriday, October 23rd, 2015. BMG: Early this morning, Hurricane Patricia became the most powerful tropical cyclone ever measured in the Western Hemisphere, with its maximum sustained winds reaching 200 miles per hour (mph).

Patricia is currently heading towards Mexico’s Pacific Coast and is forecast to make landfall in the country’s Jalisco State this evening as a Category 5 hurricane, which is expected to cause mass destruction.

Mexican authorities and residents are in a frenzy, trying to prepare for what is predicted to be the strongest hurricane ever to make landfall on the country’s Pacific Coast. At 4:00 a.m., the eye of the hurricane was about 145 miles southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico and was moving north-northwest at 12 mph.

In addition to its unprecedented 200-mph (320-kph) sustained winds, 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 almost exactly 10 years ago.

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