Hurricane Patricia strikes Mexican coast

  • One of the most powerful storms in recent times hit the pacific coast of Mexico on October 23, 2015.
  • Patricia landed about 55 miles west-northwest of Manzanillo a port city, with wind speeds of 165 mph.
  • No casualties were reported except for one death despite being a category 5 hurricane.

Background:

  • A tropical cyclone/hurricane is a rapidly rotating storm system characterized by a low-pressure center, strong winds, and a spiral arrangement of thunderstorms that produce heavy rain.
  • Tropical cyclones have been categorized in the north-east pacific under the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale based on wind speeds into 5 categories with category 5 being the deadliest.

News Item Compiled by Adarsh Mohandas

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