Hurricane Patricia, one of strongest storms ever, pounds Mexico's western coast. Rough Cut- subtitled (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Hurricane Patricia, one of the most powerful storms on record, struck Mexico's Pacific coast on Friday, threatening to inflict catastrophic damage as emergency teams scrambled to evacuate thousands of people from homes and popular beach resorts. With winds of around 160 miles per hour (266 km per hour), the Category 5 hurricane had western Mexico on high alert, including the popular resort of Puerto Vallarta and others along the coast. Pamela Garcia, a spokeswoman for Mexico's meteorological service, said Patricia hit near Punta Perula between Puerto Vallarta and the major cargo port of Manzanillo. U.S. weather experts said Patricia was the strongest storm yet registered in the Western Hemisphere, and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) compared it to Typhoon Haiyan, which killed thousands in the Philippines in 2013. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said it was hard to predict what damage would be done by the massive storm, which could be seen barrelling into Mexico from outer space.