Hurricane Patricia is going to hit the coast of Mexico in the next day. Sustained winds are currently at 200mph (321km/h) , with gusts up to 245mph (394km/h)
Needless to say, winds near 245mph are going to wipe out anything in their path, no exaggeration.
Yesterday Patrica was a tropical storm which was forecast to make a landfall with little impact…… today the storm rapidly blew up into a category 5 hurricane, and will now certainly be soon devastating the coast of Mexico.
Below is the projected storm path from yesterday (October 21, 2015). Notice the storm was originally projected to be minor.
As of 10am CDT October 23, 2015:
Maximum sustained winds have been measured at 200 mph with gusts up to 245 mph.
This storm will be “catastrophic” for the coast of Mexico according to officials.
Video of the storm movement here:
Keep up to date with the storm via the links here:
Latest images from NOAA (as of 1000am CDT October 23, 2015):
Patricia Becomes Category 5 Hurricane; Mexico’s Pacific Coast Braces for Worst-Case Scenario
“Mexico’s Pacific Coast is bracing for a worst-case scenario after Hurricane Patricia became a Category 5 storm Thursday evening just 200 miles offshore while beginning an ominous northward turn. Its dangerous eye is expected to move onshore Friday night, potentially becoming the most powerful hurricane to cross Mexico’s Pacific coastline in modern history.
Several million residents and the popular coastal resorts of Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo are in the path of Patricia, which is packing potentially catastrophic sustained winds as high as 160 mph and will also bring a formidable flood threat.
With Patricia less than 36 hours away from landfall, this is the first time a Category 5 hurricane has posed an imminent threat to land in North America since Hurricane Felix approached Nicaragua in September 2007.
The National Hurricane Center says Patricia is second only to 1997’s Hurricane Linda among the fastest-strengthening tropical cyclones on record in the Eastern Pacific since reliable satellite data became available in 1971.”