Monster hurricane targeting Mexico’s Pacific coast

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The National Hurricane Center in Miami says that Patricia continues to be the strongest eastern north Pacific hurricane on record and is heading toward a “potentially catastrophic landfall” in southwestern Mexico later Friday.

Hurricane Patricia is now located about 125 miles  southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico, and about 195 miles south of Cabo Corrientes, Mexico.

Patricia is moving north at 10 mph and continues to have maximum sustained winds remain near 200 mph with higher gusts.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Patricia is expected to remain an “extremely dangerous” Category 5 hurricane through landfall later Friday. Afterward, Patricia is expected to rapidly weaken over the mountains of Mexico.

 A top civil protection official says that three airports in the path of monster Category 5 Hurricane Patricia in southwestern Mexico have been shut down as the storm approaches.
   
Luis Felipe Puente Espinosa, national coordinator for civil protection, says the airports are in Tepic, in Nayarit state, Puerto Vallarta, in Jalisco state and Manzanillo, in Colima state.
 

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