Major Hurricane Otis breaks multiple intensity records, strikes Mexico
Hurricane Otis rapidly strengthened on Tuesday growing from a tropical storm to a Category 4. On Wednesday morning, it became the strongest to make landfall in eastern Pacific history.
The Category 5 Hurricane Otis made landfall near Acapulco, Mexico around 1:25am central time on Wednesday. At that time, maximum sustained winds were estimated at 165mph with a minimum central pressure of 923 millibars. Otis became the strongest storm on record to make landfall from the eastern Pacific and on the west coast of Mexico.
Otis intensified by 80mph over a 12 hour period Tuesday (maximum winds from 65mph to 145mph). That is the fastest 12 hour intensification rate in the eastern North Pacific in the satellite era (1966), breaking the old record of 75mph over 12 hours set by Hurricane Patricia in 2015. Otis just developed on Sunday morning.
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