The Mexican Red Cross uses a pulley system brings relief items accross a river to communities affected by Hurricane Patricia. Credit: Cruz Roja Mexicana
Hurricane Patricia was a storm that many called a “meteorological marvel.” Headed for Mexico, it intensified incredibly rapidly from a tropical cyclone (40 mph) to a strong Category 5 (200 mph) hurricane in a mere 30 hours. This was the strongest hurricane in recorded history in the Eastern Pacific.
In terms of impact, however, Hurricane Patricia was far from a disaster. This was for a number of reasons including pure luck in that the Hurricane made landfall in a sparsely populated areas, it weakened slightly before making landfall (still a Category 5), the topography of Mexico broke up the hurricane as it made its way inland, and the successful evacuation, information dissemination and aid distribution done by the government and other organizations to prepare for the event.
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