Hurricane Patricia is forecast to slam into Mexico's Pacific coast as a powerful Category 5 storm.
The only other Category 5 hurricane in the Pacific to ever hit land was near the port city of Manzanillo, Mexico, which is also in the projected path of Patricia. In the Atlantic, a dozen Category 5 hurricanes have come ashore.
Here's a look at the hurricanes that have made landfall as Category 5 storms, leaving death and destruction in their wake:
IN THE PACIFIC
— In 1959, an unnamed storm struck near Manzanillo, killing about 1,800 people.
IN THE ATLANTIC
— On Sept. 4, 2007, Hurricane Felix slammed into Nicaragua's Mosquito Coast, killing 101 people.
— On Aug. 21, 2007, Hurricane Dean hit near Majahual, Mexico, killing at least 13 people.
— On Aug. 24, 1992, Hurricane Andrew came ashore in Miami, killing 65 people.
— On Sept. 14, 1988, Hurricane Gilbert slammed into Cancun, Mexico, killing 327 people.
— On Aug. 29, 1979, Hurricane David barreled into Leeward Island of Dominica, killing more than 2,000 people.
— On Sept. 2, 1977, Hurricane Anita plowed into Tamaulipas, Mexico, killing at least 10 people.
— On Sept. 9, 1971, Hurricane Edith made landfall in Nicaragua, killing 30 people.
— On Aug. 17, 1969, Hurricane Camille hit near Biloxi, Mississippi, killing 256 people.
— On Sept. 28, 1955, Hurricane Janet raced into Chetumal, Mexico, killing more than 600 people.
— On Sept. 16, 1937, an unnamed Category 5 hurricane blew into the Bahamas, killing 51 people.
— On Sept. 3, 1935, Hurricane Labor Day churned into the Florida Keys, killing 408 people.
— On Sept. 13, 1928, Hurricane San Felipe-Okeechobee pummeled Puerto Rico, killing 2,166 people.
Source: National Hurricane Center.