The Mexican shipping port of Manzanillo was bracing for a possible hit from Hurricane Patricia as it appeared headed for the Pacific coast early afternoon on Thursday, according to Reuters.
The city and surrounding areas in the state of Colima had around a day to prepare before weather predictors at the US National Hurricane Centre said it could make landfall in the vicinity some time on Friday. Patricia’s strengthening winds had reached speeds of around 100 miles per hour.
Around noon on Thursday it was about 285 miles south of Manzanillo.
Manzanillo is Mexico’s busiest port and responsible for handling Pacific cargo for the Mexico City area.
But a likelier landfall was forecast further north in the cruise port of Puerto Vallarta in the state of Jalisco, about 270 miles from Manzanillo. Puerto Vallarta is best known as a tourist resort city and retirement destination.