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Hurricane Ignacio was a powerful Category 4 hurricane that made landfall in extreme western Mexico. It was the ninth named storm and final hurricane and major hurricane of the extremely quiet 1979 Pacific hurricane season. Ignacio had a low pressure of Template:Convert/mbar, making it the most powerful hurricane of the season. On October 23, a disturbance strengthened into a depression. The system continued to strengthen before becoming a tropical storm hours later, giving it the name Ignacio. It became a hurricane on October 26 before gaining major hurricane strength the following day and reached Category 4 status. However, it weakened significantly and made landfall in west Mexico.
On October 22, a well-organized area of low pressure formed a few hundred miles of the coast of Guatemala. The next day, the Eastern Pacific Hurricane Center upgraded the low into a depression. The system would strengthen into a tropical storm hours prior to formation. The system strengthen into a tropical storm, which was named Ignacio. On October 25, Tropical Storm Ignacio strengthened into a minimal hurricane on October 26. It quickly intensified, becoming a major hurricane a few hours later. On October 27, Ignacio reached its peak intensity with winds of up to 145 mph (130 km/h). On October 28, however, the storm began to weaken, and was downgraded into a Category 1 hurricane. On October 29, it weakened into a tropical storm. The system weakened to a depression on October 30. Ignacio made landfall on the coast of western Mexico as a tropical depression. The storm dissipated hours later after landfall.
As the storm made landfall, no damage or deaths were reported.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Gunther, Emil (1980). "Eastern North Pacific Tropical Cyclones of 1979". Eastern Pacific Hurricane Center. http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/pdf/10.1175/1520-0493(1980)108%3C0631%3AENPTCO%3E2.0.CO%3B2. Retrieved 2010-11-13.