Brace yourself! Hurricane Patricia, the strongest storm ever recorded, will make landfall in Mexico on Oct. 23 and America will soon feel its affect. With massive flooding and destruction expected, here are 5 things you need to know about this ‘catastrophic’ mega storm.
Let’s hope for the best because Hurricane Patricia is on a collision course with North America. Patricia has winds as powerful as the strongest tornado and she’ll likely leave a trail of devastation. While towns evacuate in preparation of the storm, here as some essential facts you need to know about this historic hurricane.
1. Patricia will hit Mexico at her full strength.
Hurricane Patricia is expected to make landfall near the coast of state of Jalisco in Mexico on Oct. 23 between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. EST, reports CNN. Jalisco is home to Guadalajara, the second largest city in Mexico, as well as many popular resort towns. Tens of thousands of people have fled their homes, according to US Today. Sadly, Patricia is not expected to weaken by the time she reaches Mexico and will hit when she’s a Category 5 hurricane.
2. Patricia is the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western hemisphere.
With winds reaching as strong as 200 mph as of Oct. 23, Patricia is the strongest storm ever in this part of the world. Despite this, she’s currently only the second strongest tropical cyclone of all time. The number one spot is held by Japan’s Typhoon Nancy in 1961, reports the Weather Channel. Nancy had wind speeds of 215 mph. If Patricia gets any stronger, she might just take the title.
3. Hurricane Patricia became a Category 5 storm in less than a day.
Patricia is already the highest rated storm possible. She became a Category 5 storm in just 24 hours, thanks to El Nino making the oceans water warmer, reports KTLA. While Mexico usually deals with hurricanes, this storm is unusual and is expected to be catastrophic. For comparison, Hurricane Katrina, one of the five deadliest hurricanes in the U.S., was only a Category 3 storm when it hit Louisiana in 2005. At its peak, Hurricane Joaquin was also a Category 3 storm.
4. Patricia will be the first Category 5 hurricane to hit North America in almost a decade.
The only other time a Category 5 storm hit Mexico, it was in 1959 and 1,800 people died. The last hurricane as strong as Patricia that hit North America was in 2007. Hurricane Felix wrecked Nicaragua, reports the The Weather Channel, leaving 133 people dead.
5. The US will feel Patricia’s wrath, too.
Mexico is expected to take the full brunt of Hurricane Patricia, but Texas and other states are preparing for heavy rand and flooding, according to Accuweather. The longer Patricia is on land, the weaker she will grow. The mountains in Mexico are expected to hold the storm back and the actual hurricane is not expected to strike Texas soil.
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