Notable Storms of the 2013 Pacific Tropical Season: Hurricane Raymond

By: Sean Sporman
By: Sean Sporman

Hurricane Raymond would be the strongest Hurricane of the season in the Eastern Pacific of 2013.

Raymond began its weather life as the seventeenth Tropical Depression in the Pacific on October 19th, 2013. It quickly gained strength and became a Tropical Storm the next day.

The storm would eventually become the first major hurricane of the season by October 22nd, packing sustained winds of 125 miles per hour at its strongest point.

Despite being 100 miles from the Mexican coast as a strong hurricane, the storm was not expected to make landfall.

Despite no direct landfall, the bands of rain and wind did cause some disruptive effects to parts of the Pacific coast of Mexico. According to ENEX/AZTECA, ports were closed, classes canceled, and people evacuated because of the storm.

The storm would begin to weaken on the 23rd, but continue to cause mudslides and heavy rains on the Mexican coastline. However, the storm would claim no lives as the center moved away from Mexico.

It would weaken over the next couple of days, but become a Hurricane once more during the morning hours of October 27th. This second phase of the storm would be primarily at sea and not cause any damage or effects on land. Raymond finally came to an end on October 30th, 2013.

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