Mexico’s main Pacific ports reopen after Hurricane Patricia

Mexico’s main Pacific ports resume operations after passing of Hurricane Patricia

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

People sitting on fallen trees after the passing of Hurricane Patricia in Mexico, October 24, 2015.

Recorded as one of the strongest in history, Hurricane Patricia caused less damage than expected on Mexico's Pacific coast, as the major Mexican cargo port of Manzanillo was set to reopen at 4:00 pm (21:00 GMT) on Saturday, a port official said.

The port of Lazaro Cardenas located south of where the storm struck, continued operations for cargo ships on Saturday morning and the smaller port in the resort town of Puerto Vallarta reopened at midday, the country’s Communications and Transport Ministry (SCT) stated.

Packing winds of up to 165 mph (266 kph) per hour, Hurricane Patricia on Saturday hit an isolated part of the shoreline.

Flooding streets and battering buildings, Patricia first blasted Mexico's Pacific coast on Friday evening, it started out as a Category 5 hurricane before moving inland. It transformed into a tropical storm as it weakened in the mountains that rise up along the Pacific coast.

No deaths have been reported yet. Authorities had relocated thousands of residents and tourists before the storm and placed them into shelters.The hurricane only caused material damage, houses were destroyed and trees were ripped out of the ground.

"I've lost everything, I don't even have anywhere to sleep," Roberto Gonzalez, a farmer told Reuters, as he searched for his belongings from crashed debris of trash.

The strongest storm ever recorded was Cyclone Tip which hit Japan in 1979.

TRTWorld and agencies