October 24, 2015
Hurricane Patricia – the strongest pacific storm ever recorded – made landfall on Mexico’s southwest Pacific Coast on Friday night. Initial reports indicate there are no injuries or major damages.
The hurricane hit as a Category 5 storm with winds of 165 mph, and weakened overnight once it moved inland across Mexico. The storm has since been downgraded to a tropical storm and is expected to dump heavy rain on the states of Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima, Michoacan and Guerrero throughout the weekend. The National Hurricane Center warns the rainfall is likely to produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.
SOS Children’s Villages (SOS) provides care and support to vulnerable children in seven villages across Mexico. Our colleagues at SOS Mexico report that our children are safe and no facilities have been affected. SOS Mexico is in communication with Mexican authorities if needed for a rapid field evaluation.
More information will be disclosed as it becomes available.