Deadliest Pacific Hurricanes

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So some time ago (actually it was a month ago to the day), I did a piece on the Deadliest Atlantic Hurricanes in history.  I figured it was time to do the deadliest Pacific hurricanes of all time.  A few disclaimers again:  these hurricanes are all based around the western border of North America.  If there are deadlier hurricanes that hit Asia, I’m not aware of them.  Also, some of these never officially made it to hurricane status, remaining tropical storms, however they’re on the list because a) I wanted 10 items, and b) all my research listed them with the hurricanes.  No corrective emails please.  And as before, we’re going with deadliest, not costliest.  Let’s begin.

Tropical Storm Lidia

Tropical Storm Lidia

Path taken by Tropical Storm Lidia

From October 6th through the 8th of 1981, Tropical Storm Lidia lashed the Baja and Mazatlan regions of Mexico and California.  Wind speeds aren’t known, but 100 deaths are attributed to the storm.

Mazatlan Hurricane

With 135 mph winds, the Mazatlan Hurricane lasted from October 8th to the 9th in 1943.  Affecting Northwest Mexico and the Southwest United States, the estimated death toll of this storm was 100 victims.

Hurricane Ismael

Hurricane Ismael

Path taken by Hurricane Ismael

A fairly recent hurricane, having affected Northern Mexico from September 12th to the 16th of 1995.  With 80 mph winds, Hurricane Ismael wasn’t very powerful, but still managed to leave 116 dead in its wake.

Hurricane Tico

Hurricane Tico

Path taken by Hurricane Tico

From October 11 to the 19th of 1983, Hurricane Tico made its way through Northwest Mexico and eventually even into the United States.  With winds reaching speeds of 135 mph, Hurricane Tico was a Category 4 hurricane that left 135 dead in its wake.

Hurricane Frank

Hurricane Frank

Path taken by Hurricane Frank

The most recent hurricane on the list, Hurricane Frank lasted from August 21 to the 28th of 2010, with winds reaching 90 mph.  With an area of affect encompassing Mexico and Central America, particularly Honduras, Nicaragua, and Guatemala, Hurricane Frank left 136 dead by the time it dissipated.

Tropical Storm Agatha

Tropical Storm Agatha

Path taken by Tropical Storm Agatha

Another recent storm, Tropical Storm Agatha lasted from May 29 to 30 in 2010, with winds reaching 45 mph.  Moving through Central America, with an emphasis on Guatemala, Tropical Storm was a weak storm that still managed to leave 320 dead in its wake.



Hurricane Paulina

Hurricane Pauline

Path taken by Hurricane Paulina

Hurricane Paulina was one of the strongest and deadliest hurricanes in Pacific coast history.  From October 5th to the 10th in 1997, Hurricane Paulina had winds reaching 135 mph as it slammed into Mexico, in particular Acapulco.  By the time Hurricane Paulina dissipated, it had left between 230 and 400 people dead.

Hurricane Tara

Hurricane Tara

Path taken by Hurricane Tara

With winds topping out at 85 mph, Hurricane Tara ravaged Southern Mexico from November 10th to the 12th in 1961.  With a death toll of between 436 and 600 victims, Hurricane Tara remains one of the deadliest Pacific hurricanes, even with low winds when compared to other storms.

Hurricane Liza

Hurricane Liza

Path taken by Hurricane Liza

Affecting Northern Mexico and the Baja Peninsula, Hurricane Liza left 950 dead from September 25th to October 2nd in 1976.  With winds topping out at 140 mph, Hurricane Liza ranks as the third deadliest Pacific hurricane in history.

Hurricane Paul

Hurricane Paul

Path taken by Hurricane Paul

From September 18th to the 30th, Hurricane Paul moved across Guatemala, El Salvador, Baja, and Northwest Mexico with winds topping out at 110 mph.  By the time this deadly hurricane dissipated, it’s estimated that 1,424 people had lost their lives.

Mexico Hurricane

Mexico Hurricane

Path taken by the Mexico Hurricane

In 1959, from October 23rd to the 29th, what’s known as the Mexico Hurricane devastated the Pacific coast.  A Category 5 hurricane, with winds topping out at 160 mph, the Mexico Hurricane moved through Colima, Jalisco, and much of Western Mexico, leaving between 1000 and 1,800 dead in its wake.  Because of this, the Mexico Hurricane is recognized as the deadliest Pacific hurricane in recorded history.

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