Patricia Not A Hurricane After Battle With Mexico's Mountains

  • by: Alan Duke

Patricia, the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the western hemisphere on Friday, diminished to a tropical storm Saturday after a nightong clash with Mexico's mountains.

Top winds measured at 200 mph a day earlier were 50 MPH just 12 hours after the tropical monster made landfall on Mexico's southwest coast, according to the National Hurricane Center's 7aCT advisory Saturday.

"Patricia has been weakening rapidly while moving farther inland over the rugged terrain of western Mexico," the NHC said. "Although the circulation is still intact, the associated convection has lost a significant amount of organization."

While the winds are no longer the big threat, the system is delivering massive rainfall. "Patricia is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 8 to 12 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of

20 inches, over the Mexican states of Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima, Michoacan, and Guerrero through Saturday," the NHC said. "These rains are likely to produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides."

Patricia is a fast-moving storm, heading north-northeastward toward the Gulf of Mexico. "This motion is expected to continue until Patricia dissipates over the mountains of Mexico by tonight," the NHC said Saturday.


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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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