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Hurricane Patricia bears down on Mexico

Date : 24 / 10 / 2015
Author : Jim Linton - VK3PC

The Monster Pacific Coast Hurricane Patricia is about to hit Mexico causing many thousands evacuating, with the brunt of the weather system headed for the beach resort Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo, the nation's busiest container port.

The Liga Mexicana de Radio Experimentadores (LMRE) advises that the emcomm frequencies normally used in the area 7060 kHz, 14120 kHz and 21120 kHz. The Mexican News Agency has described the category-5 hurricane as being possible the worst in history. The weather bureau forecasts it as “The strongest Eastern North Pacific Hurricane on records and potentially heading for catastrophic landfall in south-western Mexico.”

The CQ Newsroom has asked all in this weekend’s CQWW SSB DX Contest to avoid 7060 kHz and other frequencies monitored during the hurricane, which may track into the United States. Hurricane Patricia currently is stronger than Typhoon Haiyan, which killed more than 6,000 people in the Philippines in 2013.

-Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee.


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