Hurricane Pauline

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Hurricane Pauline
Category 4 hurricane (SSHS)
Hurricane Pauline at peak intensity
Formed October 5, 1997
Dissipated October 10, 1997
Highest winds 1-minute sustained:
135 mph (215 km/h)
Lowest pressure 948 mbar (hPa); 27.99 inHg
Fatalities 230–400 direct
Damage $7.5 billion (1997 USD)
Areas affected Southwestern Mexico, especially Acapulco
Part of the 1997 Pacific hurricane season

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

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.