Hurricane Patricia made landfall along Mexico’s Pacific Coast Friday evening around 6:15 p.m. CTZ with powerful winds and heavy rainfall.
The hurricane entered the coast between Manzanillo and Puerto Vallarta leaving a path of destruction, but not as catastrophic as predicted. Prior to hitting land, Patricia weakened to decreased winds of 120 kph (75 mph) and continued to weaken as she made her way across the terrain.
The National Hurricane Center said that Patricia quickly went from a Category 5 to a Category 1 storm and will dissipate by Saturday night.
The NHC added Patricia is, “expected to dissipate over Mexico’s inland mountains, becoming a tropical storm later in the day. Its center was about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Zacatecas.”
In a taped address to the country, President Enrique Pena Nieto said, “The first reports confirm that the damage has been less than those expected from a hurricane of this magnitude,” and added that “we cannot yet let our guard down.”
Hurricane Patricia landed on Mexico’s Pacific side Friday evening and will not have any effect on Mexico’s Atlantic side where other popular beach destinations such as Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel and Tulum are located.
In her severely weakened form, Patricia is expected to continue heading north-northeast over Mexico’s mountainous regions where she poses a threat of flooding and landslides to parts of the country. The NHC says the states of Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima, Michoacan, and Guerrero remain in danger from the high rainfall expected on Saturday.
Total rainfall of 20-30cm (8 to 12 inches) – with isolated maximum amounts of 50cm (20 inches) – is “likely to produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides,” it added.