Hurricane Patricia Strongest Pacific Landfall; Hurricane Drenches Mexico as it Weakens Over Land

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Hurricane Patricia pushed inland over mountainous western Mexico early Saturday, weakening to tropical storm force while dumping torrential rains that authorities said could cause deadly floods and mudslides. (Oct. 24)

Six fatalities occurred from the tropical storm before Hurricane Patricia with associated heavy rains and flooding in Central America. Four people were killed in El Salvador, one in Guatemala, and one in Nicaragua. In Mexico, two deaths were reported, but the deaths are not confirmed to be directly storm related. One of the deaths may have been a heart attack.

Damage was less than feared.

Hurricane Patricia roared onshore in southwestern Mexico on Friday evening, bringing lashing rains, surging seas and cyclonic winds with what forecasters called a potential to cause “catastrophic” damage.

Hurricane Patricia roared onshore in southwestern Mexico on Friday evening, bringing lashing rains, surging seas and cyclonic winds with what forecasters called a potential to cause “catastrophic” damage.

Laura and Jay Rebholz from Scottsdale, Arizona were on vacation in the Mexican beach town of Puerto Vallarta. From their hotel they watched and waited as a tropical storm grew categorically into what is now Hurricane Patricia. Then they had to leave.

With maximum sustained winds of 200 mph, forecasters said hurricane Patricia will make landfall on Mexico’s Pacific Coast Friday. Forecasters also warn that the monster Category 5 storm could be catastrophic.



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