Space Station Commander Scott Kelly posted this photo on Twitter at 3:37 pm ET today. Hurricane Patricia has become one of the strongest storms ever measured on Earth, comparable to Super Typhoon Haiyan, also photographed from ISS on November 9, 2013. With maximum sustained winds of 190 mph (down from 200 mph earlier in the day), it is expected to make landfall on the Pacific coast of Mexico in the next few hours as a potentially catastrophic Category 5 storm.
From the National Hurricane Center, Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, Category 5 is strongest:
Sustained Winds: 157 mph or higher
Expected Impact: Catastrophic damage will occur: A high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last for weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.
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— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) October 23, 2015
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