Hurricane Patricia swept Mexico last Friday and is the strongest storm in history, ranking Category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale.
Though still a Category 5 hurricane, by the time Patricia reached Mexico, wind speeds had dropped from 200 mph to 165 mph. . Mexico’s coastline experienced flooding, wind damage, power outages and mudslides. The official death rate was zero .
Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto attributes the positive outcome of a potentially devastating storm to proper government preparation. After Tropical Storm Manuel and Hurricane Ingrid hit Mexico in 2013 and totalling 123 deaths, Mexico had taken major precautions for future storms . During Patricia, soldiers and police moved over 24,000 people to shelters away from the danger zones.
by Bradford Lin ’18 | Staff Writer