AP/Tony Gutierrez

Residents are bracing for the kind of disaster that was supposed to unfold in Mexico.

Hurricane Patricia was one of the strongest storms in recorded history when it approached southwestern Mexico Friday, but the tempest weakened dramatically after hitting the coast and sweeping inland.

Early Saturday, Patricia was downgraded from a Category 5 hurricane to a tropical storm. By 10 am in Mexico, when people in Jalisco and Colima were emerging from shelters to find only “minimal debris” in the streets, and local airports had resumed flights, the storm was officially a tropical depression.

The low-pressure system dissipated further, but continued delivering torrential rain on vulnerable communities as it traveled over Mexico’s mountains.

Now, weather forecasters are turning their attention to Texas, where the remnants of Patricia are headed and expected to compound the effects of a separate storm system that’s been walloping the state. Flash flooding derailed a freight train 60 miles south of Dallas, where city police report they’ve responded to almost 500 calls for help on the roads today. A portion of an interstate between Dallas and Houston has been closed due to flooding, and residents are bracing for the kind of disaster that was supposed to unfold in Mexico.

About the Author

Most Popular

  1. A man wearing a suit and tie holds an American flag at a naturalization ceremony.
    Life

    The New Geography of American Immigration

    The foreign-born population has declined in U.S. states that voted Democratic in 2016, and increased in states and metros that voted for Trump.

  2. Uber Eats worker
    Life

    The Millennial Urban Lifestyle Is About to Get More Expensive

    As WeWork crashes and Uber bleeds cash, the consumer-tech gold rush may be coming to an end.

  3. a photo of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick in 2016.
    Transportation

    What Uber Did

    In his new book on the “Battle for Uber,” Mike Isaac chronicles the ruthless rise of the ride-hailing company and its founding CEO, Travis Kalanick.

  4. Sanders walking in front of a large apartment building with men in suits
    Perspective

    This Is How to Make Democratic Candidates' Housing Plans a Reality

    After years of investment in creating affordable housing, the U.S. still doesn’t have adequate supply. Presidential candidates’ plans must address reasons why.

  5. Transportation

    A Micromobility Experiment in Pittsburgh Aims to Get People Out of Their Cars

    The Pittsburgh Micromobility Collective will create all-in-one mobility hubs near transit stops, to compete with Uber and Lyft and help commuters go car-free.

×