Hurricane Patricia

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Hurricane Patricia became the strongest storm ever measured on the planet early Friday with experts warning it could trigger 40-foot waves along the southwestern part of Mexico and life threatening flash flooding.

The hurricane had a maximum wind intensity of about 200 mph and its central pressure fell to 879 millibars, according to weather sources.

The Hurricane made direct landfall on Oct 23, near Cuixmala, Mexico, with winds up to 165 mph, but held firmly within the category five range according to the Saffir-Simpson wind scale.

According to an automated wind observation site in Cuixmala, it was reported that winds up to 185 mph and gusts up to 211 mph were recorded during the time of landfall.

The landfall point was about 60 miles northwest of Manzanillo, where tropical storm like winds had occurred.

At approximately 4 p.m. (CDT) on October 24, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported that Patricia was slowing down. The hurricane left a few cities such as Houston under roughly ten inches of water.

The heavy rain fall was expected within this region, as well as San Antonio, along the Gulf Coast and in the lower part of the Mississippi Valley.

According to the National Weather Service, heavy rains were expected to hit Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and southeastern Arkansas.

The effects of the weather could be seen on Saturday during a college football game between LSU and Western Kentucky. As teams were playing, heavy rains interfered with gameplay.

Mexico’s president Enrique Pena Nieto said that the damage could have been much worse as it hit ground, and he was thankful it didn’t.

“We experienced some of the rain,” said former Clovis resident Adrian Aragonez, who now lives in Chihuahua Mexico. He said there was no damage and that the area received only rain and winds.

Now that the hurricane has died down, flash floods remain mainly around the southern to western Texas region and Louisiana which was previously mentioned.

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