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Monumental Mayhem as Mexico Prepares for Patricia

Patricia Most Powerful Storm Ever Recorded  

Patricia NOAA Sat 2

MIAMI – Hurricane Patricia, presently barreling down on the state of Jalisco, Mexico is expected to make landfall near Manzanillo and Puerto Vallarta on Friday.

The National Weather Service (NWS) National Hurricane Center at 7:00 a.m. on Friday introduced the monster storm warning of potential catastrophe.

Wilma’s anniversary slated for landfall

The monster storm expected to retain its CAT 5 status at landfall, arrives on the anniversary of Hurricane Wilma’s devastating landing in Florida.
Ten years ago to date Wilma crashed ashore  near Naples as a Category 3 storm with a 50 mile-wide eye. According to the the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and FEMA, WIlma was the most intense hurricane on record in the Atlantic Basin, with wind speeds reaching 175 mph over the Gulf of Mexico.
Patricia’s sustained wind speed predicted at landfall is more than 200 mph.

Accelerated growth defies preparation efforts

Adding to the complexity of preparations for Patricia was the storm’s rapidly growing intensity. Patricia’s potency ballooned from tropical depression on Tuesday to CAT 5 Hurricane moving into hurricane status  in just over 72 hours. The storm’s energy and mounting size left government officials, residents and business owners hastening to prepare.

NWS predicts catastrophic flooding

Total rainfall amounts are predicted to reach up to 12 inches in some areas, with isolated maximum amounts of 20 inches over the Mexican states of Jalisco, Nayarit, Colima, Michoacan and Guerrero through Saturday. NWS warned of life-threatening flash flooding and mud slides.

Rainfall during Wilma reached 7 inches in some parts of the state.

Wilma’s path through Florida in 2005 spawned 10 tornadoes, left five people dead and six million people without power with FEMA obligating $342.5 million to disaster survivors. 

The State of Jalisco was estimated to have 7.351 million residents in 2010 according to the National Institute of Statistics and Geography.

Satellite photos: Courtesy NOAA. 

Originally posted at ~ The Changing Climate



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