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Hurricane Patricia is now the strongest hurricane ever recorded

Mexico’s Pacific Coast is bracing for the landfall of Hurricane Patricia, which has claimed the record for the strongest hurricane in the western hemisphere on record, according to the Weather Channel.

The category 5 hurricane has maximum sustained winds of 200-miles per hour, more than any other recorded hurricane in the Pacific Ocean. The storm is expected to hit the Mexican State of Jalisco Friday evening and will bring the threat of heavy rains and flooding to Texas and neighboring states throughout the weekend.

According to the report “Only one Category 5 hurricane has ever been known to make landfall on Mexico’s Pacific coast. That hurricane followed a path similar to that of Hurricane Patricia and struck near Puerto Vallarta in late October 1959, causing some 1,800 deaths.”