• Mexico braces for massive Hurricane Patricia

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    MANZANILLO, Mexico: A “potentially catastrophic” Hurricane Patricia roared toward Mexico’s Pacific coast on Thursday, officials said, prompting authorities to evacuate some villagers, close ports and urge tourists to cancel trips. The US National Hurricane Center said Patricia grew into a powerful Category Five storm in the five-level Saffir-Simpson scale, with maximum sustained winds of 260 kilometers (160 miles) per hour. The storm was expected to strike the coast on Friday afternoon or evening, the Miami-based center said. Forecasts show that Patricia will make landfall in the western state of Jalisco, near the neighboring state of Colima. The region includes the major port of Manzanillo in Colima and Jalisco’s tourist resort of Puerto Vallarta, which Mexican officials said could face a direct hit.

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