Hurricane Patricia is the world’s strongest hurricane or typhoon since at least 1970, when accurate satellite measurements of wind speeds began, according to data gathered by meteorologist and hurricane expert Phil Klotzbach of Colorado State University.
Another expert, WeatherBell meteorologist Ryan Maue, said that storms before the satellite era can’t be accurately ranked because of the poor quality of the historical records. Hurricanes and typhoons are the same kind of storms, known collectively as tropical cyclones. Hurricanes form in the Atlantic and eastern Pacific, while typhoons form in the western Pacific Ocean. The world’s top 5 strongest hurricanes and typhoons since 1970, based on sustained wind speeds: FULL REPORT