Hurricane Patricia Hits, Spares Mexico Of Major Damage So Far575 views
PUERTO VALLARTA: Record-breaking Hurricane Patricia rumbled across western Mexico early Saturday, uprooting trees and triggering some landslides but causing less damage than feared so far for such a massive storm, officials said.
– US bound? –
Authorities shut down power along the coasts of Jalisco and Colima states to prevent electrocutions.
Jose Maria Tapia Franco, director of the National Disaster Fund, said 400,000 people live in vulnerable areas. Hundreds of shelters were made available.
In Colima, villages around the Volcano of Fire were emptied over concerns that ash that accumulated during recent volcanic activity could combine with water to produce landslides.
Patricia was expected to dump up to 51 centimeters (20 inches) of rain over five western Mexican states, which could trigger life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.
But it was expected to weaken rapidly as it moved further inland and be downgraded into a tropical storm on Saturday morning.
The National Water Commission said Patricia was “so big and intense” that it could cross the entire country, reach the Gulf of Mexico, and make landfall in the United States. –AFP