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Update: Hurricane Patricia

Mexico remains relatively unscathed by Hurricane Patricia, fortunately calming down into a tropical depression. The mountains on the coast absorbed most of the power, resulting in little damage. Thousands were evacuated from luxury beach resorts and towns, and no casualties occurred. Mudslides remain a potential hazard.


Hurricane Patricia is the most powerful hurricane ever reported. The category 5 hurricane sustained winds of up to 200 mph and had a minimum pressure of 879 mbar, exceeding Hurricane Katrina, whose winds went up to 175 mph. The intensification of Hurricane Patricia was one the fastest on record, with its central pressure falling by 100 mbar in just 24 hours with winds of 165 mph, making it the most powerful landfalling Pacific hurricane as well.

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