Hurricane Pauline

Category 4 Pacific hurricane in 1997

Hurricane Pauline was a destructive hurricane of the 1997 Pacific hurricane season and one of the deadliest.

Hurricane Pauline
Category 4 major hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)
Hurricane Pauline at peak intensity near landfall in Mexico on October 8
FormedOctober 5, 1997
DissipatedOctober 10, 1997
Highest winds1-minute sustained: 130 mph (215 km/h)
Lowest pressure948 mbar (hPa); 27.99 inHg
Fatalities230–500 confirmed
Damage$447.8 million (1997 USD)
Areas affectedSouthwestern Guerrero, Oaxaca
Part of the 1997 Pacific hurricane season

Pauline formed in the eastern Pacific on October 6. It strengthened rapidly, reaching category four on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale on the next day. After a brief period of weakening to a category three, it re-intensified back to a category four, moving roughly parallel to the Mexican coast.Pauline then made landfall, slamming into Mexico. Heavy rains and high winds caused damage as the storm skirted the coast.

There were 300-400 deaths, and heavy damage to Acalpulco. The name was retired and replaced by Patricia for the 2003 Pacific hurricane season.