Weather Channel: Hurricane Patricia Most Powerful Tropical Cyclone Ever Measured in the Western Hemisphere
Hurricane Patricia became the strongest Pacific hurricane on record shortly after midnight CDT early on Oct. 23, 2015. The Weather Channel reported Patricia rapidly organized and intensified as maximum sustained winds with the storm increased 115 mph in a 24-hour window from 85 mph at 4 a.m. CDT on Oct. 22 to 200 mph at 4 a.m. CDT Oct. 23.
During that same time, the minimum central pressure of Patricia also decreased 100 millibars, from 980 millibars to 880 millibars.
This places Patricia among the most rapidly intensifying tropical cyclones ever witnessed anywhere in the world since the advent of modern meteorology.