Thousands Flee Hurricane

The U.S. National Hurricane Center predicted the Category 5 Hurricane Patricia would make a “potentially catastrophic landfall” in southwestern Mexico later in the day.The storm described by the Center as the most powerful ever recorded in the eastern Pacific.  It warned of powerful winds and torrential rain that could bring life-threatening flash flooding and dangerous, destructive storm surge.

Officials declared a state of emergency in dozens of coastal towns, including Manzanillo unnamedand Puerto Vallarta, and ordered schools closed Friday.  The city of Puerto Vallarta established 18 shelter locations to house evacuees, and some businesses began boarding and taping up windows late Thursday.  Residences are stocking up on dry goods and water.

A favorite tourist spot for Pacific northwest and the west coast and only a short direct flights to Puerto Vallarta and Manazanillo.  All flights on Alaska Airlines and other carriers have been cancelled or rescheduled due to the upcoming hurricane conditions.

Patricia is expected to make landfall near an area of beach towns known as the Costa Alegre between Manzanillo and Puerto Vallarta, where locals says there’s been an eerie calm.  Hotel guests and residences were being evacuated as the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere packing sustained winds of 200 mph on the popular tourist area.



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