Oct 24, 2015

Patricia tops list of world's strongest storms

Doyle Rice
USA Today
Photo: NASA
Photo: NASA

Hurricane Patricia is the world's strongest hurricane or typhoon since at least 1970, when accurate satellite measurements of wind speeds began, according to data gathered by meteorologist and hurricane expert Phil Klotzbach of Colorado State University.

[Here are the top two] strongest hurricanes and typhoons since 1970, based on sustained wind speeds:

1. 2015: Hurricane Patricia (Eastern Pacific). Patricia reached a top wind speed of 201 mph on Oct. 23, 2015, as the storm took aim at Mexico's western coast. Catastrophic damage is expected.

2. 2013: Typhoon Haiyan (Western Pacific).Deadly and destructive Haiyan had winds of 195 mph as it slammed into the Philippines in November 2013. It was the deadliest typhoon in recorded Philippine history, leaving more than 7,300 people dead or missing, primarily from its massive 15- to 19-foot storm surge that demolished and swept away everything in its path