Hurricane Patricia hits Mexican coast and weakens, but still a threat

Hurricane Patricia has caused less damage than expected so far after making landfall on Mexico’s Pacific coast. But Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto warned that the storm continued to pose a threat.

Hurricane Patricia was downgraded from being one of the strongest storms of all time to a category 2 hurricane. The hurricane had started as a tropical storm but then grew into a record-beating category 5 hurricane within 30 hours. At its height, meteorologists measured wind speeds of more than 200 mph (325 kph).

Patricia made landfall close to the town of Cuixmala, near the city of Manzanillo. Following initial reports of flooding and landslides along low-lying coastal areas the storm swiftly moved inland. There were no reports of fatalities but the threat of floods following the storm surge remained. Director of the National Disaster Fund Jose Maria Tapia Franco had said that 400,000 people lived in vulnerable areas in the hurricane’s path.

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