Mega-storm Patricia drenches Mexico as it weakens

via MyWay News

This satellite image taken at 1:30 p.m. EDT on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, and released by NASA, shows the eastern quadrant and pinhole eye of Hurricane Patricia moving towards southwestern Mexico. The Category 5 storm is strongest ever in the Western Hemisphere, according to forecasters. (Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team/NASA via AP)
This satellite image taken at 1:30 p.m. EDT on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, and released by NASA, shows the eastern quadrant and pinhole eye of Hurricane Patricia moving towards southwestern Mexico. The Category 5 storm is strongest ever in the Western Hemisphere, according to forecasters. (Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team/NASA via AP)
Map shows Hurricane Patricia’s projected path; 2c x 3 inches; 96.3 mm x 76 mm;
Map shows Hurricane Patricia’s projected path; 2c x 3 inches; 96.3 mm x 76 mm;

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico (AP) — Record-breaking Hurricane Patricia pushed rapidly inland over mountainous western Mexico early Saturday, rapidly weakening to tropical storm force while dumping torrential rains that authorities warned could cause deadly floods and mudslides.

Patricia, which peaked as the strongest hurricane on record in the Western Hemisphere, made landfall Friday on a sparsely populated stretch of Mexico’s Pacific coast as a Category 5 storm, avoiding direct hits on the resort city of Puerto Vallarta and major port city of Manzanillo.

There were reports of some flooding and landslides, but no word of fatalities or major damage as the storm pushed across inland mountains while bypassing the metropolis of Guadalajara overnight.

Milenio TV carried footage of cars and buses being swept by floodwaters in the state of Jalisco.

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