Hurricane Patricia: Winds Down, But Millions at Risk of Flood

Rescuers began this morning to investigate the damage left by the passage of Hurricane Patricia through Mexico. Fortunately, the natural phenomenon has weakened since reaching the Mexican west coast, but there is still the possibility of river flooding along the hurricane's path, threatening millions of families in the country.

The winds, which reached a record speed of 325 km / h, practically bent trees, broke the wiring of coastal areas and flooded the streets. The total damage cannot yet be calculated, but so far there are no records of deaths caused by the weather event.

Still, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto made a television statement warning that it is too early to know what will happen and that the population “cannot yet lower their guard”. The forecast by Mexico's National Hurricane Center is that Patricia will continue to lose strength as it moves toward the northeastern part of the country, turning into a tropical storm around 10 am Sunday (25).

Image of Hurricane Patricia captured by US astronaut Scott Kelly, directly from the International Space Station Image: Twitter / StationCDRKelly

More than 6, 000 people have been evacuated from areas where the hurricane could wreak havoc and are being held in shelters. On the coast, sea surfs that arise after such intense winds can generate waves over 12 meters high, according to the Mexican National Water Commission.

Even though it slowed as it hit land, it was still the strongest hurricane to hit Mexico's west coast, and the third largest in the country's history on record, according to NBC meteorologist Bill Karins. . US President Barack Obama tweeted that the thinking of the American people is with the Mexicans and that experts from the American Agency for International Development are in place and ready to help.

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