Explosive intensification is the more extreme form of rapid intensification. Typically, in explosive intensification, a category 1 hurricane strengthens to a category 5 in 24 hours or less. Examples of storms that have underwent explosive intensification include Hurricane Patricia and Hurricane Wilma.
In the Atlantic, rapid intensification most commonly occurs in the Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico or Western Atlantic Ocean near the Bahamas, where sea surface temperatures are highest. In less common cases, it can also occur in the Tropical Atlantic, such as with Hurricane Danny in 2015 and Hurricane Ike in 2008. In the East Pacific, rapid intensification typically occurs in the eastern part of the basin. Rapid intensification in the Western Pacific is common and can occur throughout the year.