Category 5 Hurricane Patricia nears Mexico’s Pacific Coast

October 23, 2015 3:03 AM

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MANZANILLO, Mexico — Hurricane Patricia grew into a monster Category 5 storm and bore down on Mexico’s central Pacific Coast late Thursday for what forecasters said could be a devastating blow, as officials declared a state of emergency and handed out sandbags in preparation for flooding.

Steady rain began to fall after dark in Manzanillo, one of the country’s principal ports, ahead of an expected landfall Friday. Luis Felipe Puente, Mexico’s civil defense coordinator, said schools would be closed in Colima state, which is home to Manzanillo.

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