Monster Hits: Hurricane Patricia Makes Landfall With 165 MPH Winds

  • by: Alan Duke

Hurricane Patricia's eye reached Mexico's southwestern coast at 6:15 p.m. local time Friday with sustained winds of 165 mph (270 km/h), according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Patricia's 200 mph sustained winds measured earlier Friday made it the strongest tropical storm ever recorded in the eastern Pacific or Atlantic, the NHC said.

American astronaut Scott Kelly, who is watching the tropical monster from his orbital perch in the International Space Station, tweeted a warning back to earth: "It's massive. Be careful!"

Patricia is expected to emerge into the Gulf of Mexico and head toward Texas after raking over Mexico.

"The global models continue to depict the development of a cyclone near the Texas coast over the weekend," the NHC said "This system should be non-tropical in nature. However, this cyclone is expected to draw significant amounts of moisture from Patricia's remnants, and could result in locally heavy rainfall over portions of the northwestern Gulf of Mexico coastal area within the next few days."

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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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