“Mind boggling” Hurricane Patricia, as seen from space

At 2 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, a NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft flying into the heart of Hurricane Patricia took measurements indicating that surface winds in the cyclone were blowing at about 190 miles per hour at the surface.

That’s down a little from earlier in the day, when 200 mile per hour readings had qualified Patricia as the strongest hurricane on record in the Western Hemisphere.

In it’s latest update, issued at 5 p.m. EDT, the National Hurricane Center warned:

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