Hurricane Patricia weakened as over 6,000 displaced in shelters

The small Pacific coast town of Melaque in Mexico’s western state of Jalisco has slowly returned to normal on Sunday after being relentlessly whipped by Hurricane Patricia.

While it began to weaken shortly after making landfall, it was powerful enough to uproot trees, destroy the woven-palm palapa roofs typical of Mexico’s seasides, and dump sand inland.

There are more than 6,000 people displaced in 107 shelters at the moment.

Several hundreds have also been housed in five residencies by local authorities. Officials say Hurricane Patricia damaged over 3,000 houses after it swept ashore as a powerful Category 5 storm.

Patricia, once the strongest hurricane on record in the Western Hemisphere, rapidly lost power as it moved inland.

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