Mexico is heading for a possible worst case scenario as Hurricane Patricia developed into a category 5 storm in less than 24 hours.
The Hurricane is heading for Mexico. The National Hurricane Center issued an advisory for the residents. The Hurricane Warning is for the areas of San Blas to Punta San Telmo. This means the hurricane conditions will be strongly felt within those areas.
The Hurricane Watch is in effect for the areas of East of Punta San Telmo to Lazaro Cardenas. This means that the hurricane conditions are possible in the warning areas announced.
The Tropical Story Warning is for the areas of East of Punta San Telmo to Lazaro Cardenas. This means that tropical storm conditions will be felt within the warning area.
The hurricane is expected to move onshore Jalisco, which includes Guadalajara, the country’s second largest city. Popular tourist spot, Puerto Vallarta is also in the way of the hurricane.
NBC News reports that Hurricane Patricia does have the potential to be the “most powerful Pacific hurricane on record.” The potential damage of a Category 5 hurricane is exponential to 500x graver than that of Category 1.
In the latest advisory of the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Patricia’s central pressure dropped to 892 millibars. This makes it by far the “lowest pressure ever measured in a Pacific hurricane,” as reported by The Weather Channel.
Category 5 is the worst category in the scale with wind speeds up to 157 mph or more. NHC said in their report that Patricia’s maximum sustained winds are at 185 mph. This category 5 hurricane is the first threat to enter North America since Hurricane Felix devastated Nicaragua in 2007.
The last category 5 hurricane to enter the entire Pacific coast was an unnamed one which hit Manzanillo in 1959. It took 1,800 lives.