One of the strongest hurricanes in recorded history has slammed the Pacific coast of Mexico tonight.
The dangerous Category 5 storm made landfall near Cuixmala, about 85 kilometres west-northwest of the port city of Manzanillo.
Record wind speeds of 325 km/h measured earlier had fallen off somewhat to 270 km/h according to forecasters.
Residents and tourists sought shelter along a stretch of coastline dotted with fishing villages and beach resorts including Puerto Vallarta.
Patricia’s projected path will take it over mountainous terrain prone to dangerous flash floods and landslides.