Category 5 Hurricane Patricia is being reported by CNN as “the strongest hurricane ever recorded by the U.S. National Hurricane Center” and it is heading for potentially catastrophic landfall in southwestern Mexico later today.
As Mexico’s Pacific coast prepares for the effects, officials have declared a state of emergency in a number of municipalities in Colima, Nayarit and Jalisco. Port closures in the area include the major port of Manzanillo as well as the port of Acapulco in Guerrero and they will likely remain closed through Sunday depending on the damaging effects of Patricia.
Patricia is expected to bring heavy rainfall over the region which could produce flash floods and mudslides. Experts also warn of potentially severe storm surge, coastal flooding and extremely high winds. Roads and transportation into and out of the area are expected to be severely affected by these conditions.
Widespread rainfall and dangerous flood conditions are also expected for central to eastern Texas, Oklahoma, parts of northwest Louisiana, and central Arkansas throughout today.
Odyssey will continue to monitor the path of the storm and update you as needed.