Hurricane Patricia hits, spares Mexico of major damage so far

Hurricane Patricia, the record-breaking category 5 hurricane, rumbled across western Mexico early on Saturday, uprooting trees and triggering some landslides but causing less damage than feared for such a massive storm, officials said.

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Authorities relocated coastal residents, evacuated tourists from beach hotels and closed sea ports, airports and schools in several states before Patricia made landfall in Jalisco state as a huge category five hurricane.

Patricia had grown into the strongest hurricane ever recorded hours before reaching the coast, raising fears that it would bring death and destruction across the country.

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But almost five hours after landfall, President Enrique Pena Nieto addressed the nation on television, saying that the first reports “confirm that the damages have been smaller than those corresponding to a hurricane of this magnitude.”

Mr Pena Nieto urged Mexicans to stay in shelters, however, warning that Patricia still posed a threat, with heavy rain expected across the Pacific coast as well as central and north-eastern Mexico.

Source – Telegraph UK

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