Hurricane Patricia’s winds hit 215 mph, but there was even more shocking news

The WP-3 Orion Hurricane Hunter rocketed through the late season cyclone dubbed Patricia, buffeted by turbulence unusual even for a mission into the gullet of a monster.

Flight meteorologist Mike Holmes’ keyboard clapped up and down, knocking out programs on his screen. A laptop jostled free of its storage and hurtled the length of the cabin like a missile. Crew members braced against a ricochet that tested limitations – human and machine alike.

At 1:33 p.m. on Oct. 23, 2015, pilots penetrated the storm’s tightly wrapped core into an eye of blue. But it was 1 minute earlier that history was made.

Hurricane Patricia’s winds were measured at more than 200 mph. The Pacific Ocean hurricane was well beyond the magnitude of a Category 5 storm. It was the strongest, most intense, hurricane on record.

But that wasn’t even the biggest news.

Read what was in the full story here. 

Hurricane Patricia's winds reached 215 mph, the strongest on record.

Hurricane Patricia’s winds reached 215 mph, the strongest on record.

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