8:00 AM AST 10/23/15: HURRICANE PATRICIA NOW HAS SUSTAINED WINDS OF 210 MPH and a pressure hovering just below 880 millibars as it begins to make landfall on the Central-Pacific Mexican Coastline.
This storm is the third strongest hurricane ever recorded worldwide at the moment and is close to second, with this storm making landfall at its peak, mass destruction can be expected, a storm surge of over 20 feet and winds over 200 MPH with gusts over 250 MPH can also be expected. For anyone who may reside in these areas, if you have not evacuated already, NOW is the time to do so. For those with interests in these areas around Manzillo, Mexico, please continue to monitor the progress of this storm.
We will continue to update on this catastrophic event.
The overdue earthquake that rocked Nepal was measured at a massive, 7.8 magnitude earthquake. on the Richter Scale. To put this in context, the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989 (San Francisco), was only measured at 6.9, and although significantly weaker than the recent Nepal earthquake, caused mass devastation and created almost 4000 injuries.
At the moment, the Nepal earthquake death toll is close to 5000, with some foretasted estimates to be closer to the 10000 mark. An earthquake such as this one, only occurs about every 60 to 80 years in Nepal. The last massive earthquake Nepal has experienced was an 8.0 magnitude in 1934. This earthquake was basically on queue in terms of timing, and although geologists have warned for at least a decade or two that the “big one” was imminent, Nepal does not seem as prepared as it could have been.
So far, about 20 people have been found killed by avalanches on Mount Everest and the number of the missing is not currently known.
In places as far as New Delhi, India and Tibet, China, the earthquake was felt, creating a better image of just how massive and large this earthquake really was.
For information on earthquake safety and how others and you can be prepared, go to http://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/preparedness.php
According to all the sources’ listed above April forecasts, there will be a below average Hurricane Season in the Tropical Atlantic Basin. The Tropical Storm Risk (TSR) program is predicting anywhere in between 8 and 15 total named storms, 3 to 9 hurricanes, and of which 1 to 4 would be major hurricanes. What the TSR is predicting though is overall a 20% less active Hurricane Season than the historical long range average.
Here is what the overall highest percentage expectancy for all the sources mentioned (put together by Wikipedia)
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An average Hurricane Season looks something more like this:
12 named storms, 6 hurricanes, and 3 major hurricanes.
So, you can see that there is some uncertainty in the exact number of storms there will be this Hurricane Season, but what all these programs are still urging is for anyone and everyone on or near the coast to be prepared for a possible hurricane strike, because it only takes one to create mass devastation.
BREAKING WEATHER NEWS-
A LARGE MAGNITUDE 7.7 EARTHQUAKE ON THE RICHTER SCALE HAS OCCURRED OFF THE COAST OF PAPAU NEW GUINEA IN THE SOUTH WESTERN PACIFIC.
There is the threat for up to a three meter high wave in Papua New Guinea with the significantly smaller threat of a much smaller wave impacting Guam and Hawaii (less than a meter) PLEASE, if you happen to be somewhere in the Pacific Ocean Region, please refer to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center for emergency information.
Damage across low lying areas in Papua New Guinea can be expected, the amount of damage in the lower lying areas is currently unknown along with the death toll.
Weather 360 will update you on this tomorrow when more information becomes available.
As rain and snow melt continues for much of the Mid-Atlantic and New England, with the threat of some localized flooding, new reports of mass devastation are coming in from Vanuatu. It is being described as a tragedy, houses completely demolished, trees completely uprooted, reports of several deaths, this is all from the category five monster Cyclone Pam with winds of over 160 MPH. The destruction that has been caused by this monster cyclone is going down in the record books, possibly as one of the strongest cyclones of all time in the Southern Hemisphere. The entire nation of Vanuatu has been impacted by this storm. Thousands are still without power and running water across the islands.
Wherever you are, stay safe.