hurricane patricia mexico
Hurricane Patricia, a Category 5 storm, is seen in an infrared image taken by NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite as it approaches the coast of Mexico.REUTERS/NASA-NOAA/Credits: UW/CIMSS/William Straka III

Hurricane Patricia has reached the west coast of Mexico, which is bracing itself for what could be a catastrophic storm. The category 5 hurricane, which has seen gusts of over 300 kph, is reported to be generating a storm surge of up to 10 metres. The Mexican government has declared a state of emergency.

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