Hurricane Patricia slams into Mexico’s coast

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Mexican authorities have received reports of some flooding and landslides after powerful Hurricane Patricia came ashore in a relatively unpopulated stretch of Pacific coast.

Mexican Transportation Secretary Gerardo Ruiz Esparza says officials have been bracing for the worst and are “not declaring victory” just yet.

Patricia’s center made landfall in an area of Jalisco state with few population centers. The nearest big city, Manzanillo, was outside the extent of the storm’s hurricane-force winds.

TV news reports from the coast show some toppled trees and lampposts and flooded streets.

Patricia’s projected path now takes it over a mountainous region dotted with isolated hamlets that are at risk for mudslides and flash floods.

Forecasters say the storm is capable of “potentially catastrophic” damage.




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