Hurricane Centre calling Patricia a record storm

2015-10-23 13:22
Police patrol the beach in Boca de Pascuales, Colima State, Mexico. (Hector Guerrero, AFP)

Police patrol the beach in Boca de Pascuales, Colima State, Mexico. (Hector Guerrero, AFP)

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Washington - The US National Hurricane Centre says Hurricane Patricia is the strongest storm on record for the eastern north Pacific as it moves toward Mexico's coast.

The Category 5 storm's maximum sustained winds increased early on Friday to near 325kph.

The Hurricane Center is predicting a "potentially catastrophic landfall" in southwestern Mexico later in the day.

Patricia is centered about 255km south-southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico, and is moving north-northwest near 17kph.

According to Reuters Patricia is now comparable to Typhoon Haiyan, the UN World Meteorological Organisation said on Friday, referring to a storm that killed 6 300 people in the Philippines in 2013.

AP, Reuters

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