Hope for the best and prepare for the worst.
That's what people along the path of Hurricane Patricia, the most powerful hurricane ever recorded, are doing as they await landfall near Puerto Vallarta on the Mexican coast.
The storm has intensified to 200 mph winds in just 30 hours, leaving many people to take drastic measures to prepare for the damage.
Astronaut Scott Kelly shared this extraordinary photo of Patricia from space. And it is BIG.
Even meteorologists are freaking out.
#Patricia's pressure dropped 100mb in 24 hours, making it the fastest-intensifying hurricane ever observed in the Western Hemisphere— Mike Bettes (@mikebettes) October 23, 2015
It appears we will soon have the first 200-mph operational hurricane intensity in my 17 years as a professional meteorologist. #Patricia— Nick Wiltgen (@WxNick) October 23, 2015
Stay safe, Mexico!