Two men sit out by the beach as hurricane Patricia nears in the Pacific resort city of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. (AP/Cesar Rodriguez)
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Giant Hurricane Patricia roared toward Mexico's Pacific coast on Friday, prompting authorities to evacuate villagers, close ports and urge tourists to cancel trips over fears of a catastrophe.The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Patricia grew into a potentially catastrophic Category Five storm in the five-level Saffir-Simpson scale, with maximum sustained winds rising to 295 kilometers (185 miles) per hour. Mexican officials closed schools in Jalisco, Colima and Guerrero states.At 0530 GMT, Patricia was 295 kilometers south of Manzanillo and moving northwest at 17 kilometers per hour, according to the U.S. forecasters.Patricia is expected to produce six to 12 inches (15 to 30 centimeters) of rainfall accumulation over the states of Jalisco, Colima, Michoacan and Guerrero, which could produce flash floods and mudslides, the U.S. center said.
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