Hurricane Patricia Hits Mexico

Hannah Collins '18, Staff Writer

Hurricane Patricia was one for the books: it was one of the most powerful tropical cyclones ever measured in the Western Hemisphere. It even broke the record for the lowest pressure in any hurricane, which measured at 879 millibars. From October 20 to October 24, 2015, Hurricane Patricia greatly affected Mexico, Central America, and even Texas. A category 5 range on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, it reached 200 mph winds but greatly slowed down in the subsequent 30 hours. On October 23, the hurricane made it to land near the Jalisco state of southwest Mexico. Heavy rainfall caused flooding, mudslides, and power outages in the Jalisco state as well as in Texas, another region in the storm’s path. Thousands were evacuated from the nearby areas for safety reasons.

Luckily, the hurricane hit sparsely populated areas and was greatly weakened by the mountainous areas. It dissipated relatively quickly and few fatalities were reported. Roberto Sandoval, governor of Nayarit state, notably expressed, “We as a government are not supposed to mention faith and God but the only thing I can tell you is that God helped and watched over us so this monster of a hurricane did not hurt us here in Nayarit and in Mexico.” Hurricane Patricia, though intimidating and very powerful, was thankfully not as destructive as it could have been.