Hurricane Patricia Extends Her Reach into Texas
By: S. Harding and Annie Yager, Xiro Xone News October 24, 2015
Hurricane Patricia pushed inland over a mountainous region in western Mexico early Saturday, weakening from its record-breaking strength but still powerful as it dumped heavy rains that authorities warned could cause deadly floods and mudslides.
Patricia, which peaked as the strongest hurricane on record in the Western Hemisphere, made landfall Friday on as a Category 5 storm, avoiding direct hits on the resort city of Puerto Vallarta and major port city of Manzanillo.
There were early reports of some flooding and landslides, but no word of fatalities or major damage as the storm moved over inland mountains overnight. Television news reports from the coast showed toppled trees and lampposts, and inundated streets. President Enrique Pena Nieto said in a taped address late Friday. He added, however, that "we cannot yet let our guard down."
Patricia weakened to a Category 1 hurricane Saturday morning with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph) and was expected to dissipate over Mexico's inland mountains, becoming a tropical storm later in the day. Its center was about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Zacatecas, Mexico. Much of Central Texas, including the Austin area, is under a flash flood warning until at least 8:15 a.m. Saturday.
Heavy rain has fallen across much of the area in the past two hours. So far, the bulk of the rain appears to be falling to the west of central Austin.
Austin is anticipating more rain in the next few days than it has had in the last few months. The talk is of rainfall amounts that could be somewhere between three and six inches with areas that could get up to ten inches. A number of events have been effected including the United States Grand Prix one to the city’s biggest events.