Hurricane Patricia is expected to make landfall in Mexico sometime late this afternoon, and it’s carrying a punch even more potent than Hurricane Katrina which devastated New Orleans a decade ago.
Mexican officials say 300km/h winds are expected when the Category 5 touches down between Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo.
Patrica breaks the Dvorak Scale
Just to provide perspective on how bad the storm is expected to be, the Dvorak Scale is a measure used to estimate cyclone intensity, ranging from 1 to 8. At its peak, Hurricane Patricia broke the scale coming in at an 8.3.
Several states have declared states of emergency, with nearly 400,000 people in the storm’s path.
As the storm moves inland, Patricia is expected to produce up to two feet of rain in Mexico’s coastal mountain range, creating a risk of flooding and mudslides over a vast area which includes it’s second-largest city in Guadalajara.
Hotel evacuation orders
One hotel resort in Vallarta Bay instructed guests they would be evacuated to a safe shelter. In gthe letter, the hotel to be ready with a small handbag only, and leave the rest of their belongings packed in their suitcases and lef tin their bathtubs of their rooms. They were also instructed to put all balcony furniture inside their rooms, and close the curtains before convening in the lobby at 10:30 a.m. this morning.