The most-powerful tropical cyclone ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere has targeted western Mexico, including Jalisco state. Hurricane Patricia was classified as a category 5 hurricane by the United States National Weather Service.
Hurricane Patricia is packing maximum sustained winds of 200 miles (321.9 km) per hour.
Hurricanes depend on warm ocean waters to sustain them. This year, the eastern Pacific is warmer than usual because the region is under the influence of a strong El Niño event, which may be the reason for Patricia’s unusual ferocity.
Patricia’s strength is greater than that of Super Typhoon Haiyan, the tropical cyclone that devastated a slice of the Philippines in 2013. Haiyan’s maximum sustained winds at landfall measured 195 miles (314 km) per hour.
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