Patricia, a Category 5 storm, has made a landfall on Mexico’s Pacific Coast with sustained wind speeds reaching 380 km per hour. Thousands of people have been evacuated as life-threatening flooding and mud-slides are feared along the hurricane’s path.
Mexico’s National Meteorological Service has downgraded Hurricane Patricia to a Category 1. The storm is currently centered about 80 km south-southwest of the state of Zacatecas.
Hurricane Patricia has weakened to become a category 2 storm, Mexico’s National Meteorological Service has stated.
Mexico’s National Meteorological Service has downgraded the center of Hurricane Patricia to category 4 as it continues towards the towns of Talpa de Allende, Ayutla, Chicken Coop, Atengo and Mixtlán in Jalisco.
This footage shows the latest destruction wreaked by Hurricane Patricia as it whirled its way through the coastal town of Barra de Navidad.
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With Patricia having moved inland, the coastal threat is decreasing, according to the Miami-based center. A forecast for strong and damaging winds as well as very heavy rainfall remains, which could lead to “Life-threatening flash floods and mudslides in the Mexican states of Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima, Michoacan and Guerrero through Saturday,” the center said.
A hurricane warning is still in effect for the Pacific coast of Mexico from San Blas to Punta San Telmo. However, the NHC forecast predicts that Patricia will become a tropical storm by Saturday morning.