Feb 4, 2016

Hurricane Patricia's winds reached record 215 mph

Mexico
by
Doyle Rice
,
USA Today
A satellite image shows the eye of Hurricane Patricia while it was near its peak wind speed on Oct. 23, 2015. Photo: RAMMB/CIRA NASA/NOAA
A satellite image shows the eye of Hurricane Patricia while it was near its peak wind speed on Oct. 23, 2015. Photo: RAMMB/CIRA NASA/NOAA

Hurricane Patricia's winds reached a record 215 mph as it roared toward the west coast of Mexico in October, the National Hurricane Center announced Thursday. That's 15 mph greater than Patricia's previously thought top speed. It's the strongest wind speed ever measured in a hurricane in the Western Hemisphere. The record was set while the storm was offshore.