HURRICANE PATRICIA: POTENTIALLY CATASTROPHIC LANDFALL IN SOUTHWESTERN MEXICO LATER TODAY…

This is the headline today from the National Hurricane Center:

PATRICIA… …THE STRONGEST EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC HURRICANE ON RECORD… …HEADING FOR POTENTIALLY CATASTROPHIC LANDFALL IN SOUTHWESTERN MEXICO LATER TODAY…

And that it is!

patricia

 

It is all time record in terms of intensity in the East Pacific and I guess we can call it a super category 5 hurricane. And make no mistake for the coast of Mexico this will indeed be catastrophic.
http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/goes/west/epac/vis-animated.gif

You can see the well formed pin prick eye on the loop and you can also see the edge of Hurricane Olaf recurving east of Hawaii

..PATRICIA...
...THE STRONGEST EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC HURRICANE ON RECORD...
...HEADING FOR POTENTIALLY CATASTROPHIC LANDFALL IN SOUTHWESTERN
MEXICO LATER TODAY...


SUMMARY OF 700 AM CDT...1200 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...17.3N 105.6W
ABOUT 145 MI...235 KM SW OF MANZANILLO MEXICO
ABOUT 215 MI...345 KM S OF CABO CORRIENTES MEXICO
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...200 MPH...325 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...NNW OR 345 DEGREES AT 12 MPH...19 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...880 MB...25.99 INCHES


WATCHES AND WARNINGS
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CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:

None

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for...
* San Blas to Punta San Telmo

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for...
* East of Punta San Telmo to Lazaro Cardenas

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* East of Punta San Telmo to Lazaro Cardenas

 

The latest forecast brings the eye of Patricia on the coast sometime tonight

nhcprog880 millibara is the lowest pressure ever measured in the Eastern Pacific. On a home barometer that is 25.99 inches which is completely off the charts.

We have been talking about the fact that the moisture from this hurricane will eventually make it to Texas Louisiana and then get drawn into a developing non tropical storm. That system could bring some of that moisture here later next week and it could produce a much needed soaking rain for us but it will also creating flooding for Texas and Louisiana and other areas in the Gulf states that have received too much rain over the last number of weeks. This is the full advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

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