Described as the "Strongest Hurricane Ever Recorded" by The Associated Press, CNN, AccuWeather, Weather.com and others, Hurricane Patricia has Mexico bracing for what CNN calls potentially "massive death and destruction to a large swath of the Mexican Pacific coast, including the tourist hot spots of Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco."
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND----------------------WIND: Hurricane conditions are expected to first reach thehurricane warning area this afternoon. Tropical storm conditionsare beginning to spread across portions of the warning area.Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed tocompletion. Hurricane conditions are possible in the hurricanewatch area later today.
RAINFALL: Patricia is expected to produce total rainfallaccumulations of 8 to 12 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 20inches, over the Mexican states of Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima,MIchoacan and Guerrero through Saturday. These rains could producelife-threatening flash floods and mud slides.
STORM SURGE: An extremely dangerous storm surge is expected toproduce significant coastal flooding near and to the right of wherethe center makes landfall. Near the coast, the surge will beaccompanied by large and destructive waves.
SURF: Swells generated by Patricia are already affecting portionsof the southern coast of Mexico, and will spread northwestwardduring the next day or so. These swells are likely to causelife-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Please consultproducts from your local weather office.