Patricia is now being called “the most dangerous storm in history” by the Mexican CONAGUA director, Robert Ramirez de la Parra. The coastal city of Manzanillo is bracing for landfall. This nighttime image from EUMETSAT shows the magnitude of this catastrophic storm.
Hurricane Joaquin battered the Bahamas, Bermuda, and the east coast of the United States last last week and over the weekend. Nikki Haley, the governor of South Carolina, has said that “we are at a thousand year level. … We haven’t seen this level of rain in the low countries in a thousand years.” The damage in the Bahamas is extensive and recovery as with all such events will take time. It reached Category 4 status
One tragedy from Hurricane Joaquin is the presumed loss of the cargo ship El Faro and all souls on board. The search for answers is ongoing as Joaquin heads for the British Isles.