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Hurricane Patricia: Where the strongest storm in the western hemisphere is headed

Posted at 1:13 PM, Oct 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-23 20:53:24-04

Hurricane Patricia is officially the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the western hemisphere, and it's about to make landfall in Mexico.

Maximum wind speeds clock in at 200 mph and its central pressure has dropped all the way to 879 millibars - both records.

The last hurricane to come close to these stats was an unnamed hurricane that hit the Florida Keys in 1935 and Hurricane Camille in 1969.

Patricia is impressive by meteorological standards and terrifying to anyone in its path.

The storm is expected to make landfall along Mexico's southwest coast Friday evening as a major Category 5 storm.

From there, it'll continue moving across Mexico to the northeast and shrinking over the weekend.

By late Sunday, remnants of this storm are expected to merge with a developing low pressure system off the coast of Texas, which will only worsen flooding conditions in the Lone Star State.

Some parts of Texas are expecting between six and eight inches of rain between now and Sunday.

From there, moisture from this hurricane will work its way into the Ozarks and eventually the Midwest. The first half of next week could bring potentially flooding rains from Arkansas to Indiana.

Even though the storm is expected to make landfall Friday, it looks like it'll continue causing damage through the middle of next week.