'Potentially Catastrophic' Hurricane Patricia To Hit Mexico

Experts say Hurricane Patricia will make landfall on the southwest coast of Mexico on Friday. The storm is one of the strongest ever recorded.

Hurricane Patricia is expected to to make landfall on the southwest coast of Mexico on Friday, and experts say it could be catastrophic.

The National Hurricane Center is calling the category 5 hurricane "the strongest eastern north pacific hurricane on record."

"Shaping up to be absolutely a monster. We saw the information coming in this morning at 5 a.m. from the National Hurricane Center. We were all astounded," a meteorologist at The Weather Channel said.

Experts predict maximum wind speeds of 200 miles per hour, and the storm could trigger 39-foot waves.

And the NHC says it's not only those near the coast who'll be impacted. Heavy rainfall is "likely to cause life-threatening flash floods and mud slides" in several Mexican states into Saturday. (Video via NBC)

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