Hurricane Patricia Downgrades to Tropical Storm

Hurricane Patricia landed in Western Mexico early Saturday morning and quickly went from a record-breaking Category 5 hurricane to a tropical storm in just hours. Patricia pushed inland over a mountainous region of small hamlets weakening its force.

The storm was still very powerful dropping torrential rains and authorities say that rain could cause deadly flooding and mudslides.

Patricia peaked out as the strongest hurricane on record in the Western Hemisphere. It made landfall on a sparsely populated stretch of Mexico’s Pacific Coast avoiding direct contact on the resort city of Puerto Vallarta and major port city of Manzanillo.

There were some early reports of flooding and landslides, but no fatalities of major damage were reported. Television reports from the coast showed toppled trees and lampposts, and inundated streets. Milenio TV carried some footage of cars and buses being swept away by floodwaters in the state of Jalisco.

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