MICHOACAN, MEXICO – An all-time powerful storm is about to make landfall in western Mexico, promising catastrophic damage and potential loss of life.
Hurricane Patricia has been upgraded to an extraordinarily dangerous Category 5 hurricane, and is expected to make landfall on Friday, October 23, 2015, along the coast of Michoacan, Colima (which includes Manzanillo), Jalisco (which includes Puerto Vallarta), and Nayarit. It is now considered one of the most powerful and dangerous hurricanes in recorded history, U.S. State Department says.
The center of Hurricane Patricia is expected to make landfall in the hurricane warning area Friday afternoon or evening. Hurricane Patricia is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 6 to 12 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 20 inches, over the states of Jalisco, Colima, Michoacan and Guerrero starting today into Saturday, October 24. These rains could produce life-threatening flash floods, mud slides (especially in areas of mountainous terrain), and high winds up to 130 MPH that could result in downed power lines. A dangerous storm surge is expected to produce significant coastal flooding, accompanied by large and destructive waves. Swells may cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. As Hurricane Patricia moves inland, it will continue to produce heavy rainfall, wind, and dangerous conditions. Persons located inland in the path of Hurricane Patricia should take appropriate measures to ensure their safety, particularly those located in areas prone to flooding or mudslides.
U.S. citizens anywhere near the storm are urged to watch for updated information about the storm and to follow official instructions and to stay clear of beaches, as rough seas associated with storm conditions create severe hazards; stay clear of downed power lines; take precautions against the effects of rain, strong winds, and large and destructive waves.
U.S. citizens in the vicinity should stay in contact with relatives and friends in the United States to apprise them of their whereabouts, both before and after the storm.