Hurricane Patricia becomes a Cat 5, strongest on record

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CNN — Hurricane Patricia is now the strongest eastern north pacific hurricane on record.
And it’s barreling toward Mexico.

Winds are at 200 miles an hour, making it a category five hurricane.

The National Hurricane Center says Patricia is expected to make what it calls “potentially catastrophic” landfall today (Friday) in southwestern Mexico.

Along with its destructive winds and storm surge — forecasters say Patricia could dump eight to 12 inches of rain across parts of Mexico, with some areas getting as much as 20 inches.

That means life-threatening flooding and mudslides are possible.

In a tweet, the world meteorological organization compared hurricane Patricia’s intensity to typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines in 2013 and killed more than 6-thousand people.