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The Latest: Hurricane Patricia Makes Landfall in Mexico

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The latest on Hurricane Patricia, a Category 5 storm expected to make landfall in southwestern Mexico (all times local):
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6:35 p.m.
    
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Hurricane Patricia's eye has made landfall on Mexico's southwestern Pacific Coast.
    
The center said the storm had estimated winds of 165 mph (270 kph) when it touched land near Cuixmala. That's still a Category 5 hurricane.
    
The location is about 55 miles (85 kilometers) west-northwest of the port city of Manzanillo.
    
Forecasters say the storm is capable of "potentially catastrophic" damage.
    Hurricane Patricia (PHOTO: stationcdrkelly/Instagram)
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4:50 p.m.
    
Mexico's top-flight soccer league is postponing a weekend match in Guadalajara due to Hurricane Patricia, the powerful Category 5 storm heading for a Friday landfall on the country's Pacific Coast.
    
The league says via Twitter that Saturday's match between the city's Chivas and Atlas clubs will be played Nov. 11 instead.
    
Guadalajara is the capital of Jalisco state, one of several in the path of the monster storm.
    
Forecasts indicate Patricia will likely pass to the west of the city, perhaps still at hurricane strength.

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico (AP) - The head of Mexico's National Water Commission says Manzanillo appears to be the city most at risk for Hurricane Patricia's potentially catastrophic effects.
    
The strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere is expected to make landfall Friday along Mexico's southwest coast. Water Commission director Roberto Ramirez says the storm with 200 mph winds is heading in the direction of a spot called Playa Perula, a Pacific coast locale in the state of Jalisco. The bustling port of Manzanillo is the nearest city.
    
Meteorologists say Hurricane Patricia's incredibly small 8-mile wide eyewall is likely to contract and be replaced later today - a normal process that often weakens a storm slightly. But that may not be completely good news, because it would make the overall size of the storm slightly larger. Former hurricane hunter meteorologist Jeff Masters says Patricia may weaken a bit to winds of about 175 mph at landfall. But that would still be a top-of-the-chart hurricane.
    
MIT meteorology professor Kerry Emanuel says "It's looking like a very bad disaster is shaping up."
    
U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration atmospheric scientist Jim Kossin calls Patricia "a three-pronged hazard" that will likely wreak havoc with high winds, saltwater storm surge and inland freshwater flooding from heavy rains.
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PREVIOUS: Residents along Mexico's central coast are bracing for what forecasters are calling a "potentially catastrophic" Category 5 hurricane.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Patricia's maximum sustained winds have grown to 160 mph.

The center says the big storm is expected to make landfall Friday afternoon or evening between Manzanillo and Puerto Vallarta.

NBC News meteorologist Bill Karins said Patricia had potential to be "one of, if not the strongest, scariest hurricanes to ever hit Mexico."

He added: "Patricia intensified in the last 24 hours as fast as any storm in history."

Patricia would be only the second category 5 hurricane to hit the entire Pacific coast since full recordkeeping began in 1949. An unnamed storm struck in late October 1959 near Manzanillo, killing an estimated 1,800 people — 800 of them from mudslides alone.

Karins added that 10 inches of rain were already predicted for Texas over the next three days, warning that "what's left of Patricia will make flooding in south Texas even worse" on Sunday. 

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