INTERNATIONAL: Storm Patricia weakens over Mexico but risks remain

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INTERNATIONAL: Storm Patricia weakens over Mexico but risks remain

capture-20151024-152548BBC – Hurricane Patricia has weakened rapidly over Mexico but authorities have warned of the risks of floods and landslides as it dumps heavy rain.

Patricia was the strongest storm ever recorded in the Americas when it ploughed into Mexico but has since been downgraded to a tropical depression.

Damage has been less than feared with populous regions spared.

But Patricia is still forecast to dump up to 20in (50cm) of rain, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

“These rains are likely to produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides,” the NHC added.

Before Patricia struck the coast, thousands of residents and tourists on Mexico’s Pacific coast were evacuated and moved inland.

The storm made landfall in western Mexico on Friday, uprooting trees and flooding streets.

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