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Americas’ Biggest Ever Hurricane Spurs Mexico Tourist Exodus

  • Patricia makes landfall near Cuixmala packing winds of 160 MPH
  • Ports of Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo, Lazaro Cardenas closed
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Powerful Hurricane Patricia Is About to Strike Mexico

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Patricia, the strongest hurricane in the history of the Americas, slammed into Mexico’s Pacific coast Friday, sending guests fleeing hotels in the Puerto Vallarta resort area.

Hurricane Patricia made landfall Friday at about 6:15 p.m. local time near Cuixmala as a Category 5 hurricane, packing winds of 160 miles (260 kilometers) per hour, down from 200 mph earlier, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami. Patricia struck about 55 miles west-northwest of Manzanillo, Mexico’s busiest container port.