Hurricane Patricia 'potentially catastrophic' as it heads to Mexico

October 23, 2015 4:05 AM

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(CNN)Hurricane Patricia, churning toward southwestern Mexico, is a "potentially catastrophic hurricane," forecasters said after the storm increased in strength to Category 5.

"Satellite images indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 160 mph (260 kph) with higher gusts," the National Hurricane Center said Thursday night.

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