Hurricane Patricia has closed schools, seen airports cancel thousands of flights and caused significant devastation. The hurricane is believed to be the strongest storm ever to have been recorded in history, as a category 5 storm, with winds recorded at over 200 mph.
The Mexican President, Enrique Peña Nieto stated today that the country couldn’t lower their guard as the main eye of the storm had yet to reach the strongest population centers. The risk now is that Hurricane Patrica may merge with another powerful storm system that is approaching from a different direction causing significant concern.
The risks now are that heavy rain and continued hurricane winds will cause landslides and flooding which would lead to further damage. The BBC reported that the hurricane has so far caused less damage than feared but the danger is still far from over.
It has now emerged that Hurricane Patrica has been downgraded to a category 1 storm, that said, the Mexican authorities have now lowered their response to the storm system fearing that wide spread flooding and significant rainfall is still to come.
Those travelling to Mexico are strongly advised to speak with their travel companies and seek the most up to date information on the storm before they travel to avoid disappointment.