Hurricane Patricia Battles Mexico's Mountains: Saturday Should Be Safer

  • by: Alan Duke

Mexico's mountains should cause Hurricane Patricia "rapidly weaken" and "dissipate on
Saturday," but the "extremely dangerous" tropical monster still packed 160 mph (260 KM/H) sustained winds hours after it's landfall on Mexico's southwest coast, the National Hurricane Center said in its Friday night advisory.

Watch live cameras along Mexico's coast

Hurricane Patricia became the strongest hurricane ever measured in the western hemisphere Friday when trackers recorded top winds of 200 mph.

"Satellite images indicate that Patricia has continued to weaken, and maximum sustained winds are estimated to be near 160 mph (260 km/h) with higher gusts," the NHC said in its 7pCT advisory. "Patricia is a category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Patricia is forecast to rapidly weaken over the mountains of Mexico and dissipate on Saturday."

While destructive on earth, the view from space is spectacular. American astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted a dramatic series of photos from his window on the International Space Station. "#Patricia's force isn't lost on me. Thoughts w friends & all in #Mexico"

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  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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