Relief in Mexico as Hurricane Patricia weakens

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By Euronews
Relief in Mexico as Hurricane Patricia weakens

Hurricane Patricia has made landfall in western Mexico bringing with it the threat of floods and mudslides.

The strongest recorded storm in the Americas hit land as a Category 5 hurricane and as it moved into the interior lost strength and looks set to be reclassified as a tropical storm in the coming hours.

According to Mexico’s National Disaster Fund some 400,000 people are vulnerable to the extreme weather.

The country’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto urged vigilance:“We can’t yet lower our guard. I insist: the most dangerous part of the hurricane has yet to enter the national territory. I ask the Mexican people to be watchful over the coming hours and listen for information from government officials over Hurricane Patricia.”

At its height Patricia generated winds of 265km/h.

In coastal areas people hunkered down after stocking up on food and other staples as businesses closed while the hurricane swept ashore.