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October 25, 2015

Hurricane Patricia—the strongest hurricane ever recorded—made landfall on Friday without causing the catastrophic damage that many had anticipated. That lack of destruction is in large part due to the storm’s record winds staying confined to a small area and hitting a relatively unpopulated region.

And while Hurricane Patricia avoided the most populated places along the coast, experts said that the storm had caused widespread damage in the area it did hit, including mud slides, flooding and power outages. Officials in the more densely populated areas, like Puerto Vallarta, also appeared to follow preparation practices that would diminish...

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Emergency Response: Hurricane Patricia

Catastrophic Landfall Expected Soon in Mexico; Patricia Becomes Strongest Hurricane Ever Recorded

October 23, 2015

A potentially catastrophic landfall is expected Friday evening as a very powerful and dangerous Hurricane Patricia moves towards Mexico’s Pacific coast. Hurricane Patricia became the most powerful tropical cyclone ever measured in the Western Hemisphere on Friday morning as its maximum sustained winds reached an unprecedented 200 mph (320 kph).

The hurricane is forecast to make landfall in the Mexican state of Jalisco Friday evening as a catastrophic Category 5 hurricane capable of causing widespread destruction. Residents and authorities in Mexico...

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by Carly Panchura and David Werner

On May 7, 2008, Marcelo Acevedo, one of the Founding Members of PROJIMO, a rehabilitation organization in Sinaloa, Mexico, passed away of brain cancer. The PROJIMO clinic is run by people with disabilities and serves those people with disabilities with very low resources in the State of Sinaloa.

Marcelo worked with the program as a brace and limb maker for over 20 years. Marcelo legs were weakened by polio, and technically he was “disabled.” But for those of us who had the privilege of knowing him and having him as a friend, he...

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