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A tropical storm alert has been issued for British travellers to the west coast of Mexico.
The warning came amid forecasts that Tropical Storm Patricia will build up into a hurricane today (Thursday).
The strengthening storm is expected to make landfall along Mexico’s Pacific coast from tomorrow, bringing the threat of damaging winds, storm surge flooding and heavy rainfall.
Life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides are possible, according to the US Weather Channel.
A hurricane warning was issued for a stretch of coast from Cabo Corrientes to Punta San Telmo, including the resort area of Puerto Vallarta, with the storm located about 240 miles south of Acapulco late last night local time.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: “Tropical Storm Patricia is forecast to bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to parts of the west coast from around October 23.”
The FCO added: The hurricane season normally runs from June to November and affects both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts. You should monitor the progress of approaching storms on the website of the US National Hurricane Centre and follow the advice of the local authorities, including any evacuation orders.
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