Hurricane Patricia Downgraded As Mexican President Reports No Initial Deaths
Mexico was prayed the hell up because one of the most “fierce hurricanes ever” came and, from early accounts, didn’t take any lives along with it or do the damage it was expected to do. Hurricane Patricia made landfall Friday night as a Category 5 storm, boasting winds of 165 mph.
However, the monster storm was quickly downgraded as the night went on, ultimately getting downgraded to a tropical depression with max winds of 35 mph by morning. Still, the Mexican government wants residents and tourists to be on alert as flash flooding and landslides are still factors.
Per New York Times
As nervous residents and frazzled tourists awoke to flooded roads and widespread power failures, rescue workers were sent up and down the western coast to assess the damage.
President Enrique Peña Nieto said there were no initial reports of deaths but warned that the storm continued to pose a threat. “We still can’t lower our guard,” he told the nation late Friday night.
As the hurricane continued to move inland it was downgraded to a tropical storm. But the authorities warned that heavy rains could still cause flash flooding and landslides.
“Many hillsides can weaken and collapse with Hurricane Patricia’s rain. Watch out!” warned Mexico’s civil protection agency.
The eye of the storm, Hurricane Patricia, made landfall Friday at around 6:15 p.m. local time near Cuixmala in Jalisco State, in southwest Mexico. While powerful, the storm was compact, with the highest winds felt only about 35 miles from its center.
Hurricanes often begin losing strength once they hit land, since they lose contact with the warm ocean waters that give them energy, and Hurricane Patricia was no exception.
The National Hurricane Center warned, however, that “strong and damaging winds at higher elevations could persist through this morning,” and that heavy rain “is likely to cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides in the Mexican states of Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima, Michoacan and Guerrero through today.”
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