AccuWeather Global Weather Center – AccuWeather reports Patricia, a Category 5 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 200 mph, will bring catastrophic wind and storm surge damage to southwestern Mexico later Friday into Friday night.

Patricia also became the strongest hurricane on record passing both Linda in the eastern Pacific and Wilma and Atlantic.

According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Becky Elliott, “Patricia rapidly intensified from a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 85 mph early Thursday to a 200-mph Category 5 hurricane 24 hours later.” The central pressure of the storm dropped 100 mb during this time.

“There is no reason for Patricia to weaken significantly before making landfall, so the southwest coast of Mexico will likely be experiencing wind gusts of 185 mph or greater late Friday into Friday night,” Elliott said.

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