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'Worst Hurricane Ever' Patricia Slams Into Mexican Coast

A radar image of Hurricane Patricia.
A radar image of Hurricane Patricia. Photo Credit: NOAA

MANZANILLO, MEXICO -- A catastrophic Category 5 hurricane with sustained winds of 200 mph slammed into the Mexican coast Friday evening, bringing with it life-threatening floods and destructive force.

Hurricane Patricia, the strongest hurricane on record, strengthened rapidly from a Category 1 storm Thursday and forced dozens of municipalities along the southwestern coast of the country to declare states of emergency, according to accuweather.com.

The storm, dubbed by some forecasters as the "worst hurricane ever," packs wind gusts up to 245 mph and is expected to track northwest in the coming days. More than 6-12 inches of rain is likely to fall over much of the region while areas of higher elevation could receive as much as 24 inches of rain, the report said.

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