Little change in strength with wind speeds up to 200 mph and moving north at 12 mph. Patricia is forecast to make landfall within the next couple of hours across southwest Mexico as an incredibly strong category 5 hurricane. Actually it's the strongest hurricane recorded in the eastern Pacific and Atlantic.
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND:
- Hurricane conditions expected this afternoon and this evening.
- Patricia is expected to produce a total of 8-12 inches of rainfall with isolated amounts of 20 inches, over the Mexican states of Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima, Michoacán, and Guerrero through Saturday.
- These rains could produce life-threatening flash flooding and mud slides.
- An extremely dangerous storm surge is expected to produce significant coastal flooding right near where the center makes landfall.
- Surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.
Next advisory from the National Hurricane Center comes out at 4pm.
UNITED STATES WILL SEE HEAVY RAINFALL FROM PATRICIA REMNANTS...
Future track shows the weakening low pressure system tracking northeastward across Texas. Texas is already seeing heavy rainfall from a separate system and additional tropical rainfall will lead to bigger problems.
PROJECTED RAINFALL THROUGH NEXT WEDNESDAY:
ARRIVAL IN ALABAMA:
- Sunday afternoon through the evening hours from west to east.
- Heaviest on Monday through Wednesday.
The WBRC First Alert Weather Team will continue to keep you updated on potential impacts.
Jill Gilardi WBRC First Alert AMS Certified Meteorologist