Pacific area braces for ‘strongest storm in history’
Hurricane Patricia, billed by various media as “the strongest storm in history,” made landfall on Mexico’s Pacific coast 6:15 EST. Friday. Its 200 mile-per-hour winds weakened slightly to 190 mile-per hour.
NBC News reported the storm could bring 40-foot waves along the coast of Mexico and “life-threatening” flash floods. Seven million-plus residents were warned to expect the “worst-case scenario” in what’s been billed as the worst storm to strike the planet in recorded history.
“Patricia is expected to remain an extremely dangerous Category 5 hurricane through landfall,” the meteorological center reported.
Of special concern for forecasters were the tourist hot spots Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco, CNN reported.
“Residents in low-lying areas near the coast in the hurricane warning area should evacuate immediately, since the storm surge could be catastrophic near and to the east of where the center makes landfall,” the National Hurricane Center warned Friday.
In 1969,the massively powerful Hurricane Camille hit hard on the Gulf Coast in the United States, causing massive damage. But so far, Patricia is shaping up to wreak even more havoc.
Met Office Storms tweeted: “Hurricane #Patricia’s central pressure of 88 mb is the lowest for any tropical cyclone globally for over 30 years.”
And WMONews tweeted: “#Patricia is currently comparable to #Haiyan in intensity. This is a very dangerous hurricane.”