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Hurricane Patricia Halts Flights in California


Maximum sustained winds had reached 200 mph as of Friday’s 4 a.m. PDT advisory from the National Hurricane Center. The National Weather Service and Weather.com are reporting that this makes Patricia the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere, which includes the Atlantic and eastern/central Pacific ocean basins.  

Flights between California and the west of Mexico were canceled Friday as a record-breaking hurricane heads north.

According to the L.A. Times today, a dozen flights between Puerto Vallarta and Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orange County and San Diego were canceled Friday due to Hurricane Patricia, a Category 5 storm that forecasters say is the strongest ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere.

A total of 31 flights connected to Puerto Vallarta, in the state of Jalisco, were canceled. There was no indication if flights would be canceled over the weekend as well. By then, the storm could be on the Texas coast.

Hurricane Patricia gained unprecedented strength overnight as it headed toward Puerto Vallarta, where its forecast to make land fall by Friday evening, according to the National Weather Service.

The storm’s sustaining winds are blasting at about 200 mph with gusts at nearly 250 mph, the National Weather Service said. In Mexico, a state of emergency was declared for several states, including Jalisco, Colima and Nayarit, the Associated Press reported.

Computer forecast models show that after Patricia makes landfall in Mexico, the mid-level remnants will get pulled northeastward into south Texas by an upper-level system moving through the southern Plains this weekend.



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