Hurricane Patricia spares major Mexican cities; rural communities hard hit

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Aerial view of the Chamela community, Jalisco State, Mexico. (Mario Vazquez/AFP/Getty Images)


MEXICO CITY, Mexico, Sunday October 25, 2015 – The clean-up has begun in parts of Mexico after a Category 5 Hurricane Patricia hit Friday night, causing far less damage in major cities than anticipated but battering remote villages.

Major tourist areas were spared, but the hurricane uprooted trees and caused major damage to banana fields, battered houses and other buildings and flooded roads in small, rural communities when it made landfall with maximum sustained winds around 165 miles per hour.

There was no reported loss of life.

By yesterday afternoon, just over 24 hours after peaking in intensity with 200 mile-per-hour winds – the most powerful tropical cyclone ever measured in the Western Hemisphere – Patricia lost power in the mountains and degenerated into a weak remnant low over northeast Mexico.

In addition to its unprecedented sustained winds, Hurricane Patricia had broken the record for the lowest pressure in any hurricane on record.


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