Oct 23, 2015 6:45 PM by News Staff
Hurricane Patricia is bearing down on the Pacific coast of Mexico and a Chico couple is bracing for what is now the largest storm ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere.
Sixty-one year old David Bristow, a retired physician’s assistant from Chico and his wife Karen took their 42-foot sail boat down to Mexico in April. They told Action News Now over the phone Friday that they are preparing to ride out the storm in a Puerto Vallarta evacuation center.
The Bristow’s say people staying in resort hotels have been ordered to evacuate, and the situation is even scarier for David and Karen, who have been living on their boat. “We have a home in Chico, but it’s rented out… so we’d essentially be homeless in a foreign country if we lose this boat”, David said.
With maximum sustained winds near 200 mph, Patricia is the strongest storm ever recorded in the eastern Pacific or in the Atlantic, said Dave Roberts, a hurricane specialist at the U.S. National Hurricane Center.
Patricia's power was comparable to that of Typhoon Haiyan, which left more than 7,300 dead or missing in the Philippines two years ago, according to the U.N.'s World Meteorological Organization.
The storm is expected to make landfall between 4 and 6 p.m. PST.
Action News Now will continue to track Hurricane Patricia and provide updates on the Bristow’s as the storm moves over Mexico.
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