Mexico is bracing itself ahead of the landfall of the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Western hemisphere.
Hurricane Patricia is expected to hit Mexico’s coast late on Friday, bringing with it unprecedented winds up to 200mph strong.
The UN’s World Meteorological Organisation (WHO) has been compared the storm to Typhoon Haiyan, which left more than 7,300 people dead or missing in the Philippines in 2013.
“Patricia is now the strongest ever hurricane to hit the eastern north Pacific region,” Clare Nullis, WMO spokeswoman, told a UN briefing in Geneva. “This is really, really, really strong.”
Mexican authorities have declared a state of emergency in three states and dozens of principalities following the US Hurricane Centre’s warning the now-Category 5 storm was the strongest they had ever recorded.
“This is an extremely dangerous, potentially catastrophic hurricane,” centre meteorologist Dennis Feltgen told Associated Press.
Forecasters are warning the storm is the strongest in the area since Hurricane Wilma in 2005, which cost an estimated $29.4billion in damage and killed 87 people.
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