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Hurricane Patricia Weakens After Slamming into Mexico’s Coast

Hurricane Patricia, packing the strongest hurricane winds ever recorded, weakened overnight to a Category 1 storm as it moved inland over southwestern Mexico, according to the National Hurricane Center. The hurricane is expected to become a tropic storm later today, but could still produce heavy rains that cause flash floods and mudslides, the center warned, reports The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/1MKdZzg)

“Even though Patricia is weakening quickly, strong and damaging winds at higher elevations could persist through this morning,” the center’s 4 a.m. forecast said.

As a Category 5 storm, Patricia smashed Friday evening into Mexico’s south­western coast, a region best known for its beaches and the resort city of Puerto Vallarta. But it sidestepped any direct hits on the city and the major port city of Manzanillo, according to the Associated Press.

There was no word of fatalities or major damage, though some television stations showed images of toppled trees and footage of vehicles being swept by floodwaters in the state of Jalisco, AP reported.

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