Hurricane Patricia latest: 400,000 people in path of “potentially catastrophic” storm
PUBLISHED Fri, October 23, 2015 - 2:49pm EDT
Residents on parts of Mexico’s Pacific coast have been urged to stay indoors as Patricia, the strongest hurricane ever recorded, churns closer to land with maximum sustained winds of 200 miles (325 kilometers) per hour, and higher gusts. (more)
Authorities in the affected area are urging residents in the path of Patricia to stay off the streets and to shelter in a secure place starting at 2 p.m. local time, when the weather will start to deteriorate.
Officials say an estimated 400,000 people are in the path of the monster Category 5 storm, which meteorologists say could potentially cause catastrophic damage. Patricia maintained its strength throughout Friday and is expected to remain a category 5 storm until it makes landfall in an area between Manzanillo and Puerto Vallarta between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. ET.
A hurricane warning is in effect from San Blas to Punta San Telmo, which includes the cities of Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo. Both a hurricane watch and a tropical storm warning are in effect from the east of Punta San Telmo to Lazaro Cardenas, and a tropical storm warning is in effect from the north of San Blas to El Roblito.
“Preparations to protect life and property in the hurricane warning area should have been completed, or rushed to completion, as tropical storm conditions are spreading across the area,” said Jack Beven, a senior hurricane specialist at the U.S. National Hurricane Center. “Residents in low-lying areas near the coast in the hurricane warning area should evacuate immediately, since the storm surge could be catastrophic near and to the east of where the center makes landfall.”
Puerto Vallarta International Airport and the city’s port were closed on early Friday afternoon in anticipation of the hurricane. Other airports in the area, including Manzanillo Playa de Oro International Airport, are expected to close later on Friday.
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