Cincinnati-area ER nurses stuck in Hurricane Patricia’s path

Posted by on October 23, 2015

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico — Four women from the Cincinnati, Ohio area are stuck in the path of the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western hemisphere, Hurricane Patricia.

All women are emergency room nurses at a Cincinnati hospital. They were vacationing in Mexico’s Pacific coastal town of Puerto Vallarta but were unable to get out due to the storm increasing in strength in just 24 hours. They are scheduled to return on Sunday.

Photo: Twitter

Four ER nurses stuck in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Photo: Twitter

Just 24 hours prior, Hurricane Patricia wasn’t even a tropical storm, but quickly turned into the strongest hurricane ever recorded.

Originally, they were prepared to hunker down in their resort’s hotel room as an evacuation plan was unavailable, but this has changed recently and they have been evacuated to a nearby hotel-casino in Nuevo Vallarta, which is more inland.


The four women on the evacuation bus to the hotel-casino. Photo: Twitter

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami reported that the Category 5 storm’s maximum sustained winds had grown to 200 miles per hour (mph), making it the strongest storm on record in the eastern Pacific and Atlantic.

Director of Mexico’s National Water Commission Roberto Ramirez says that Hurricane Patricia is powerful enough to lift up automobiles, destroy homes that are not sturdily built with cement and steel and will be able to drag along people caught outside when the storm strikes.

The storm is expected to make landfall somewhere on the coast of Jalisco state, which includes Puerto Vallarta between 6 and 7 p.m. EST.

Rainfall of 8 to 12 inches — and possibly 20 inches in some spots — “could produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides,” according to the U.S. weather agency.

Please follow this story for updates and the Twitter feed of Allie Schwandner who is one of the four nurses stuck in Mexico.

The storm is now packing winds at 190 miles per hour. The government of Mexico declared a state of emergency in dozens of municipalities in the states of Colima, Nayarit, and Jalisco. Residents stacked sandbags in front of properties and rushed to grocery stores to stock up on supplies.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said, “If there were a category six for hurricanes, this would be a category six,” he said. “It’s a hurricane that hasn’t been seen before, not just in Mexico, not just in the United States. It has wind speeds that are greater than the most intense, strongest hurricanes ever recorded on the planet.”

Although, they are soon to be hit by the strongest hurricane ever recorded, the nurses from Cincinnati are staying positive:

Here’s a tweet from Scott Kelly, the American astronaut aboard the international space station:

Hurricane Patricia officially made Landfall at 6:15 p.m. CDT / 7:15 p.m. EST as a Category 5 hurricane with 165 mph winds near Cuixmala, Mexico.

From the National Hurricane Center:

Hurricane Patricia is weakening, but the storm remains an extremely dangerous major hurricane over Southwest Mexico. It now has maximum sustained winds at 130 MPH and is a CAT 4 storm.

Rapid weakening is forecast, with Patricia expected to become a tropical storm tomorrow morning, and a tropical depression tomorrow afternoon. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km). The estimated minimum central pressure is 946 mb (27.94 inches).

From Cincinnati’s WLWT:


More than 7 million people were in the storm’s path. Approximately 3,500 people were evacuated  from the state of Jalisco, which encompasses Puerto Vallarta and the Guadalajara metro area.

Mexican officials reported that 6,333 people were in shelters on Friday night and there has been no loss of life reported.

From WLWT:

The Cincinnati nurses return home safely.

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