Patricia pounds Mexico’s Pacific coast

Satellite image of Hurricane Patricia, 23 Oct 2015 (courtesy CNN)

Satellite image of Hurricane Patricia, 23 Oct 2015 (courtesy CNN)


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.

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