The Latest: Hurricane Patricia makes landfall in Mexico, some flooding, slides

This image taken Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, from the International Space Station shows Hurricane Patricia. The Category 5 storm, the strongest recorded in the Western Hemisphere, barreled toward southwestern Mexico Friday. (Scott Kelly/NASA via AP)

UPDATE: Mexico: Some flooding, slides from Patricia


PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico (AP) – There are reports of some flooding and landslides but no word of fatalities or major damage after Hurricane Patricia roared ashore in southwestern Mexico as a Category 5 storm.

Patricia’s center made landfall Friday evening in a relatively low-populated stretch of the Jalisco state coast near Cuixmala (KWEE’-mah-la). The nearest significant city, Manzanillo, was about 55 miles southeast and outside the zone of the storm’s hurricane-force winds. .

The storm brought lashing rains, surging seas and cyclonic winds hours after it peaked as one of the strongest storms ever recorded.

The storm moved over inland mountains after nightfall. Isolated hamlets in the region are at risk for mudslides and flash floods.

Mexico’s transportation secretary says officials have been bracing for the worst and are “not declaring victory” just yet.


UPDATE: Heavy rain falls in parts of Texas causing flooding

DALLAS (AP) – Torrential rains are drenching North and Central Texas.

More than a foot of rain fell in parts of North Texas on Friday, including more than 13 inches in Corsicana, 50 miles south of Dallas. Floodwaters there have backed up traffic on Interstate 45 for 12 miles, prompting emergency responders to begin relief efforts.

A statement from the Texas Department of Transportation says emergency crews are working to help the stalled traffic off the flooded highway. Relief efforts also are underway on other flooded roadways in the Corsicana area.

State crews are urging motorists traveling between Houston and Dallas to avoid the area and take alternate routes.

Emergency management officials are preparing for the heavy rains to continue through the weekend and widespread flooding that may follow.

The officials are concerned the current system will be followed by the wet remnants of powerful Hurricane Patricia, which is battering the west coast of Mexico.

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico (AP) — The latest on Hurricane Patricia, a Category 5 storm expected to make landfall in southwestern Mexico (all times local):

6:35 p.m.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Hurricane Patricia’s eye has made landfall on Mexico’s southwestern Pacific Coast.

The center said the storm had estimated winds of 165 mph (270 kph) when it touched land near Cuixmala. That’s still a Category 5 hurricane.

The location is about 55 miles (85 kilometers) west-northwest of the port city of Manzanillo.

Forecasters say the storm is capable of “potentially catastrophic” damage.


4:50 p.m.

Mexico’s top-flight soccer league is postponing a weekend match in Guadalajara due to Hurricane Patricia, the powerful Category 5 storm heading for a Friday landfall on the country’s Pacific Coast.

The league says via Twitter that Saturday’s match between the city’s Chivas and Atlas clubs will be played Nov. 11 instead.

Guadalajara is the capital of Jalisco state, one of several in the path of the monster storm.

Forecasts indicate Patricia will likely pass to the west of the city, perhaps still at hurricane strength.


4:10 p.m.

Hurricane Patricia’s center is now located about 60 miles (95 kilometers) west of Manzanillo, Mexico, and about 110 miles (175 kilometers) south-southeast of Cabo Corrientes.

The storm’s maximum sustained winds have eased slightly from 200 mph (325 kph) to near 190 mph (305 kph), but it’s still a monster Category 5 hurricane. Patricia is moving north-northeast at 14 mph (22 kph).

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Patricia is expected to remain “extremely dangerous” through landfall in the coming hours.

Afterward, Patricia is expected to rapidly weaken over the mountains of Mexico.


3:20 p.m.

Carla Torres and her extended family arrived at a Red Cross shelter in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, in the afternoon, afraid they wouldn’t be safe from Hurricane Patricia in her home.

Torres says reports of the Category 5 hurricane’s record strength convinced the family they had to leave. The house is just two blocks from a river and sits on a corner that she figures is vulnerable to high winds.

In her words, “Here we are with those who can give us help.”

Patricia is the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere and is expected to make landfall on Mexico’s southwestern coast in the coming hours.


3:00 p.m.

About 90 people are hunkered down in a Red Cross shelter in Puerto Vallarta as rain from Hurricane Patricia begins to pound the roof.

They include senior citizens in wheelchairs and young children snuggled between parents on mattresses on the floor. Many are anxiously kneading their hands or staring intently at nothing in particular amid the heavy, humid air.

Wendi Mozingo and six family members sit in a circle in folding chairs. They arrived from Austin, Texas, on Wednesday and had rented a beachfront house.

The family left a couple of hours earlier after the property management told them they had to get out. They brought a few changes of clothes and left everything else behind.

They were supposed to depart on Tuesday. Now Mozingo says, “We’re leaving as soon as we can.”


2:40 p.m.

State Department spokesman Mark Toner says American authorities are closely monitoring the path of Hurricane Patricia and its potential impact on the U.S. citizens who live in the affected area.

Toner estimated Friday that tens of thousands of Americans are believed to live or be vacationing in the area that is likely to be affected by the storm.

He says U.S. officials are closely coordinating with Mexican authorities, and are advising American citizens to follow guidance by local authorities.

The U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez has established an emergency hotline to respond to inquiries regarding U.S. citizens in the affected area. Officials say contact information can be found online at and at


1:40 p.m.

A Portland man who traveled to Puerto Vallarta for a friend’s 40th birthday has decided to ride out Hurricane Patricia rather than evacuate.

Brian Bournival says it seems the best decision because traffic is at a stop on the evacuation routes out of Puerto Vallarta and the road to the airport is a parking lot.

Bournival is expressing confidence in the construction of the hotel that’s a few blocks from the ocean. He describes the pilings that the Pinata PV hotel is built on as “ginormous.”

He and a dozen other guests gathered in a common area Friday morning; they have food, water and medical kits.

The others who came down for the birthday are in a different hotel, leaving Bournival alone with a giant cake he bought.


1:10 p.m.

Hurricane Patricia’s center is now located about 85 miles (135 kilometers) southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico, and about 155 miles (250 kilometers) south of Cabo Corrientes.

The storm is moving north at 12 mph (19 kph) and continues to have maximum sustained wind near 200 mph (325 kph), with higher gusts.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Patricia is expected to remain an “extremely dangerous” Category 5 hurricane through landfall in the next several hours.

Afterward, Patricia is expected to rapidly weaken over the mountains of Mexico.


12:45 p.m.

About 200-300 people are waiting at Puerto Vallarta’s convention center for buses to take them to safety ahead of Hurricane Patricia’s expected arrival later Friday in southern Mexico.

Miscommunication led several hotels to bring guests there. The building features large glass panels that could be deadly given the storm’s high winds, and the center was not prepared to take them.

Steve Routson of Tacoma, Wash., had one more day left on his vacation with 17 friends who have been meeting up here for years. They rode out another hurricane in their hotel in 2002 but have kept returning. Staff from their hotel was at the center waiting with them Friday.

Routson said “they stayed with us every minute.”

He added that they were being taken to a shelter on a university campus.

Haneef Mohammed of Portland, Ore., said he and his wife were Friday morning they had to leave and were sent to the convention center. They munched on tostadas and ceviche while waiting in a light rain for a bus, unsure where it would take them.

Their flight out of Puerto Vallarta Friday afternoon was cancelled. Mohammed managed to book another one for Sunday, but there’s no guarantee.

“I don’t think we are getting out for two or three days,” he said.


12:15 p.m.

Travel writer and blogger Jeana Shandraw is among those who are evacuating Puerto Vallarta as the powerful Hurricane Patricia bears down on southwestern Mexico.

Shandraw says via email that she was surprised by how calm people in the city seemed before she left, with many of them seemingly going about business as usual.

She’s heading by bus for Guadalajara and reports congestion on the highway, with outward lanes clogged by cars and a steady stream of emergency vehicles heading the other way.


11:40 a.m.

The head of Mexico’s National Water Commission says Hurricane Patricia is heading in the direction of a spot called Playa Perula, a Pacific coast locale in the state of Jalisco.

The nearest city is Manzanillo, a bustling port in Colima state.

Commission director Roberto Ramirez says the storm’s path can still vary somewhat, but officials now consider Manzanillo to be the city most at risk for Patricia’s potentially catastrophic effects.

Patricia is now the largest hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere. The storm is expected to make landfall later Friday.


11:20 a.m.

Meteorologists say Hurricane Patricia’s incredibly small 8-mile wide eyewall is likely to contract and be replaced later today — a normal process that often weakens a storm slightly.

But that may not be completely good news, because it would make the overall size of the storm slightly larger.

MIT meteorology professor Kerry Emanuel says “It’s looking like a very bad disaster is shaping up.”

Winds that restrain a storm are starting to pick, up so former hurricane hunter meteorologist Jeff Masters says Patricia may weaken a bit to winds of about 175 mph at landfall. That would still be a top-of-the-chart hurricane.

U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration atmospheric scientist Jim Kossin calls Patricia “a three-pronged hazard” that will likely wreak havoc with high winds, saltwater storm surge and inland freshwater flooding from heavy rains.

Hurricane Patricia is expected to make landfall later Friday on Mexico’s southwestern Pacific Coast.


10:10 a.m.

Hurricane Patricia is now located about 125 miles (200 kilometers) southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico, and about 195 miles (310 kilometers) south of Cabo Corrientes, Mexico.

Patricia is moving north at 10 mph (17 kph) and continues to have maximum sustained winds remain near 200 mph (325 kph) 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.


10 a.m.

Teams of police and civil protection are walking along Puerto Vallarta’s waterfront Friday morning advising people to evacuate.

Daniel Garcia of Mexico’s civil protection agency was dressed as a lifeguard in his red swimsuit and yellow poncho with a flotation device slung over his shoulder.

He says they are advising business owners and anyone else to move at least three blocks from the water’s edge. Previous hurricanes have taught them that these streets fill with sand and flying stones. Most businesses were closing, but authorities are concerned because some business owners told employees to stay put as a security measure.


9:50 a.m.

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.


9:30 a.m.

Millions of Texans face a soggy weekend and the threat of additional bad weather linked to Hurricane Patricia as the monster Category 5 storm heads toward southwestern Mexico.

Experts say remnants of Patricia could reach Texas within days.

The National Weather Service reported unrelated showers Friday in Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio and Austin.

A flash flood watch is in effect through Sunday morning for DFW, Austin and San Antonio.

A coastal food warning was in effect through Friday night in Corpus Christi. Galveston was under a coastal flood advisory until Saturday night.


9 a.m.

Only a few people have been seen going to shelters in Puerto Vallarta, where 14 schools and other buildings have been set up to house evacuees.

Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio told Mexico’s Radio Formula Friday morning that officials are especially worried about the safety of people in the tourist resort of Puerto Vallarta, in Jalisco state, and in the nearby community of Bahia de Banderas, in Nayarit state.

Osorio says, “We need people to understand the magnitude of the hurricane, it is a devastating hurricane, the biggest one ever registered.”

He adds that the government has deployed soldiers and federal police agents to help out, but has provided no numbers.


8:40 a.m.

The lobby of the Sheraton Hotel in Puerto Vallarta is bustling, with a long line of people forming to check out. More than 900 guests had rooms at the hotel the previous evening, but many wanted to get out of town before the storm arrived on Friday.

Sandra Rojas and her husband, a veterinarian from San Jose, Costa Rica, are among those getting ready to leave. After loading their cars, they are driving to the Jalisco state capital of Guadalajara to plan their next move.

“The hotel is saying that nothing is going to happen, but it’s nature,” said Rojas. “Anything can happen.”


8:10 a.m.

The director of Mexico’s National Water Commission says that Hurricane Patricia is powerful enough to lift up automobiles, destroy homes that are not sturdily built with cement and steel and will be able to drag along people caught outside when the storm strikes.

Director Roberto Ramirez said Friday that the people in the most danger from the hurricane will be those on the coast, especially in the state of Jalisco.


6:45 a.m.

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.

Patricia is centered about 145 miles (235 kilometers) southwest of the Pacific resort of Manzanillo and about 215 miles (345 kilometers) south of Cabo Corrientes.

It has maximum sustained winds of 200 mph (325 kph) and it is moving north-northwest at 12 mph (19 kph)


5:45 a.m.

The U.N.’s World Meteorological Organization says Hurricane Patricia is packing comparable force to that of Typhoon Haiyan, which left more than 7,300 dead or missing in the Philippines two years ago.

WMO spokeswoman Claire Nullis says Patricia is evolving quickly and already “the strongest-ever hurricane to hit the eastern north Pacific region.”

She says the hurricane is currently south-southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico, and on track to make landfall as a Category 5 hurricane later in the day.

Nullis says Patricia’s winds — which are around 200 mph (325 kph) — are strong enough “to get a plane in the air and keep it flying.”

WMO says Patricia’s minimum central pressure is comparable to that of Haiyan, which leveled entire towns in the central Philippines in 2013.


5:30 a.m.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Category 5 Hurricane Patricia is the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western hemisphere as it lumbers toward Mexico’s Pacific coast.

Dave Roberts, a hurricane specialist at the Hurricane Center, said Friday morning that the storm is the strongest one they’ve seen in the eastern Pacific or in the Atlantic with maximum sustained winds near 200 mph (325 kph).

The Hurricane Center is predicting a “potentially catastrophic landfall” in southwestern Mexico later in the day.

Patricia is centered about 160 miles (255 kilometers) south-southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico, and is moving north-northwest near 10 mph (17 kph).


3:45 a.m.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Patricia is the strongest storm on record for the eastern north Pacific as it moves toward Mexico’s coast.

The Category 5 storm’s maximum sustained winds increased early Friday to near 200 mph (325 kph).

The Hurricane Center is predicting a “potentially catastrophic landfall” in southwestern Mexico later in the day.

Patricia is centered about 160 miles (255 kilometers) south-southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico, and is moving north-northwest near 10 mph (17 kph).


12:30 a.m.

Hurricane Patricia, which the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami is calling a “potentially catastrophic” Category 5 storm, has gained strength as it moves toward the Mexican coast.

The Center reported early Friday that Patricia’s maximum sustained winds had grown to near 185 mph (295 kph). The storm was located about 185 miles (295 kilometers) south-southwest of the port of Manzanillo, Mexico, and was moving north-northwest at 10 mph (17 kph).

The center said that on the current forecast track, Patricia is expected to make landfall Friday afternoon or evening in southwest Mexico. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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