Puerto Vallarta Hurricane Center

Puerto Vallarta Hurricane Center

Most recent hurricane news for the Puerto Vallarta hurricane season 2022

National Meteorological Service warns of ‘very heavy’ rains in Jalisco

The National Meteorological Service, of the National Water Commission (Conagua), warned that very heavy rains...
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How will Tropical Storm Howard impact Puerto Vallarta?

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Puerto Vallarta could be facing Hurricane Howard next week

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New Hurricane Frank gains force over eastern Pacific

Newly formed Hurricane Frank rapidly gained force over the open eastern Pacific Ocean on Saturday,...
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Rain leaves damage in Puerto Vallarta; more rain forecasted

Intense rain recorded on Tuesday night left numerous damages in various parts of Puerto Vallarta,...
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Tropical Storm Frank expected to develop in the next couple of days off Mexico’s Pacific Coast

Shower and thunderstorm activity is showing signs of organization in association with an area of...
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Hurricane Center Information

Hurricane information and facts for hurricanes in Mexico.

Puerto Vallarta is a coastal city on the Pacific Ocean and is prone to hurricanes or their effects each hurricane season, which runs from May 15 to November 30 each year. While these are the months when hurricanes are most likely to form, the storms can form outside of these dates as well. The most active months for hurricanes, on average, are the later months from September through November.

Hurricane Categories and Wind Strength

  1. Category 1 hurricane = sustained winds of 74-95 mph
  2. Category 2 hurricane = sustained winds of 96-110 mph
  3. Category 3 hurricane = sustained winds of 111-129 mph
  4. Category 4 hurricane = sustained winds of 130-156 mph
  5. Category 5 hurricane = sustained winds of 157+ mph

In Puerto Vallarta, the largest risk from hurricanes is flooding from overflowing rivers and high tides. These can occur without a hurricane making landfall in Puerto Vallarta and can occur with storms as weak as tropical depressions, so taking each storm seriously and making sure you are prepared each year for hurricane season is recommended. While major damage from hurricanes in Puerto Vallarta is rare, it happens, and with climate change, it could happen more frequently.

Category 1 hurricane: very dangerous winds will produce some damage

These winds can cause some damage to buildings, including tearing off roof shingles, siding, and gutters. Additionally, tree branches can break off of trees. Falling branches and other storm debris can further damage properties or cause injury to people.

Category 1 hurricanes also have the potential to snap or otherwise damage power lines, leading to short-term power outages.

Category 2 hurricane: extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage

During a category 2 hurricane, buildings are likely to sustain major roof and siding damage. There is also a bigger risk of additional damage and injury caused by flying storm debris.

Shallow-rooted trees can be uprooted, blocking roads and taking down power lines. There is a big risk of total power loss that can last for days in hard-hit areas.

Category 3 hurricane: devastating damage will occur

A category 3 hurricane is a major hurricane that will cause major damage to residential and commercial buildings. The strong winds can potentially tear roof decking and gable ends off well-built homes, for example.

Many trees will be uprooted and electricity and water will be unavailable for days or even weeks after the storm.

Category 4 Hurricane: catastrophic damage will occur

Catastrophic damage from a category 4 hurricane means that buildings will sustain extreme structural damage, potentially losing most of the roof structure and parts of exterior walls.

There is a very high risk of injury and further storm damage due to falling and flying storm debris and most trees and power poles will be downed. Power outages and water shortages can make areas uninhabitable for weeks or months.

Category 5 Hurricane: catastrophic damage will occur

Hurricanes in the highest hurricane category cause near-total destruction. A large number of homes and buildings will be completely destroyed. Areas hit by this level of a hurricane will lack power and water and be uninhabitable for weeks or months.

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