Forecasters: Patricia Strongest Hurricane in Western Hemisphere

HurricaneMIAMI (AP) — The director of Mexico’s National Water Commission says 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.

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

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Patricia, with maximum sustained winds near 200 mph, is the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western hemisphere.

The Category 5 storm is headed toward Mexico’s Pacific coast. Then parts of Texas could feel its effects. It’s expected to make landfall later today.

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