Hurricane Patricia makes landfall in Mexico

Hurricane Patricia makes landfall in Mexico

Hurricane Patricia makes landfall in Mexico

Written by Ranee Mohamed

24 Oct, 2015 | 5:05 am

Category Five Hurricane Patricia, the strongest on record, has made landfall in Jalisco state in western Mexico, meteorologists say. The storm is seen as “potentially catastrophic” in its impact.

Mexican authorities have already been evacuating thousands of residents along the country’s Pacific coast.

The storm is comparable to Typhoon Haiyan, which killed 6,300 people in the Philippines in 2013, the World Meteorological Organisation says.

A state of emergency has been declared in three states in Patricia’s path.

The storm is carrying winds of 305km/h (190mph). It made landfall in the Playa Perula area of Jalisco state, some 30km (20 miles) from the port city of Manzanillo.

Video filmed in Manzanillo an hour before the hurricane struck shows trees bending in severe wind.

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The US National Hurricane Center said that Patricia was the strongest storm it had recorded in the eastern Pacific or the Atlantic.

It has already produced the third lowest barometer reading ever recorded – a pressure of 880 millibars at the centre of the storm – the centre reported.

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