Hurricane Patricia is expected to make landfall Friday night.

Q&A with Vic Swan as record Hurricane Patricia approaches

Black Press's Todd Hamilton reached former Interior News publisher Vic Swan who is in Puerto Vallarta as a record hurricane approaches.

  • Oct. 23, 2015 5:00 p.m.

By Todd Hamilton

Black Press

 

From Weather.com: Patricia rapidly organized and intensified from Wednesday night through early Friday. Maximum sustained winds with the storm increased 115 mph in a 24-hour window from 85 mph at 4 a.m. CDT Thursday to 200 mph at 4 a.m. CDT Friday.

During that same time, the minimum central pressure of Patricia also decreased 100 millibars, from 980 millibars to 880 millibars.

This places Patricia among the most rapidly intensifying tropical cyclones ever witnessed anywhere in the world since the advent of modern meteorology.

The following is a Q&A with former Smithers Interior News publisher Vic Swan riding out Hurricane Patricia in Puerto Vallarta. Patricia is now called the most powerful hurricane in history of modern meteorology … Category 5+.

 

Q&A with VIC SWAN:

Todd: How are you making out?

Vic: Nothing yet, just a little light rain. Landfall tonight, way south of us, so should get lots of rain and a little wind but we are on the right side of the storm. The big winds will be down in Manzanillo. Windows taped, water and food in safe room (no glass) ready to ride it out if it hits here.

Todd: They’re calling it the most powerful hurricane ever… stay safe my friend… update if possible… I’ll keep watchin’ for you… you booked your damn flight three weeks late it seems.

Vic: Yes that’s right. The condo complex has things pretty tight, our biggest problem is, “Do we have enough rum?”

Todd: Stay safe my friend … and keep updating … that is if you can … and if that fails … ration the rum with cervacas…

Vic: The government is shutting off electric, gas and water as of 2pm today, 6 minutes from now. Rum it is. Still no wind, very light rain, hopefully it stays that way.

Todd: STAY SAFE

Vic: Will do. Will advise when I can.

Vic Swan

Just Posted

Convicted animal abuser Catherine Adams to return to Quesnel court next week

Adams is facing a breach of probation charge stemming from a 2015 conviction in Smithers

Northwest Fire Centre open burn ban lifted

Recent rain, cooler temperatures have lowered the region’s fire risk

Telkwa pot plant application passes review

Cannabis company claims new Health Canada regulations are working in its favour

OPINION: Who watches the watchmen?

One of the most common questions I get asked is if I’m scared about the future of media.

BVCS hosts first ever ‘micro-business market’

Who says Dragon’s Den is just for adults?

‘Teams that win are tight’: B.C. Lions search for chemistry at training camp

The Lions added more than 50 new faces over the off-season, from coaching staff to key players

Growing wildfire prompts evacuation of High Level, Alta.

Chuckegg Creek fire has been burning for several day, but grew substantially Sunday

Top women’s hockey player Natalie Spooner coming to B.C.

Natalie Spooner special guest at annual Grindstone charity weekend in Kelowna

Take-home drug testing kits latest pilot to help curb B.C.’s overdose crisis

Researchers look to see if fentanyl testing could be a useful tool for those who use drugs alone

Facebook takes down anti-vaxxer page that used image of late Canadian girl

Facebook said that the social media company has disabled the anti-vaccination page

Search crews rescue kids, 6 and 7, stranded overnight on Coquitlam mountain

Father and two youngsters fall down a steep, treacherous cliff while hiking Burke Mountain

Raptors beat Bucks 118-112 in 2OT thriller

Leonard has 36 points as Toronto cuts Milwaukee’s series lead to 2-1

Rescue crews suspend search for Okanagan kayaker missing for three days

71-year-old Zygmunt Janiewicz was reported missing Friday

B.C. VIEWS: Reality of our plastic recycling routine exposed

Turns out dear old China wasn’t doing such a great job

Most Read