Catastrophic Cat 5 Otis makes landfall near Acapulco

Cat 5 Hurricane Otis making lanfall near Acapulco, Mexico

Major Hurricane Otis continued to strengthen until near the time of landfall in southern Mexico near Acapulco, reaching a catastrophic Category 5 with max wind of 145 kts (165 mph). 





Otis intensified very rapidly from a tropical storm to a Cat 5 hurricane in about 18 hours as it moved over sea surface temperatures from 28 C to about 30 C as it approached the coast.  Although the SSTs are warm, they are not all that unusual for the area. The very rapid intensification will be a subject for further study.  In 2015  Hurricane Patricia grew from a tropical storm to a Category 5 hurricane in just 24 hours with max winds of 185 knots (215 mph) but weakened to 130 kts (150 mph) at landfall. 

Otis has moved onshore in the greater Acapulco area and now that the center is moving inland, rapid weakening is expected.








Hurricane Otis Damage in Acapulco, Mexico

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About Fred Pickhardt

I am a marine meteorologist and sailed briefly with American Export Lines in the Far East trade after graduating from State University of New York Maritime College. I have extensive experience in weather analysis, weather forecasting, optimum ship routing, vessel performance evaluations and forensic weather event reconstructions. I founded Ocean Weather Services and as Owner and Chief Consultant currently provide optimum ship routing services and forensic marine weather reports to the maritime industry.
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