Hurricane Patricia weakens, major disaster averted

Hurricane Patricia lashed further inland in Mexico and weakened to a tropical depression.

Thousands of homes have been affected, but no major damage has been caused.

Officials say Hurricane Patricia damaged over 3,000 houses after it swept ashore as a powerful Category 5 storm.

More than 230,000 people lost electricity when the storm made landfall Friday evening on the Pacific coast of Jalisco state.

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

The storm has now been downgraded to a tropical depression, causing no major disaster in the country.

Transport Minister Gerardo Ruiz Esparza says Mexico was saved because residents were well prepared and the hurricane was slowed by the mountains.

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