Patricia Most Powerful Storm Ever Recorded
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 STRONGEST EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC HURRICANE ON RECORD...HEADING FOR POTENtIALLY CATASTROPHIC LANDFALL IN SOUTHWESTERN MEXICO LATER TODAY."
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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.
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