Published on Friday, October 23, 2015

British holidaymakers warned of 'potentially catastrophic' hurricane heading for Mexico

British holidaymakers in Mexico are being warned their resort could be hit by a potentially catastrophic hurricane later today.

Flights to Puerto Vallarta on Mexico's Pacific Coast have been postponed by 24 hours as Hurricane Patricia is expected to make landfall this afternoon.

It could bring winds of up to 160 mph and high seas, say forecasters, and heavy rainfall could cause landslides.

Thomson and First Choice customers due to travel out today to Puerto Vallarta, one of Mexico's most popular resorts, have been told their flight has been delayed until tomorrow morning. Customers already in the resort have been told to stay in their hotels.

Although the hurricane is expected to weaken today, forecasters said it was still 'an extremely dangerous storm'.

"Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion today," the US National Hurricane Center said.

Late last night, the storm was about 200 miles  south of Manzanillo, Mexico, moving northwest at 10 mph.

A hurricane warning is in effect on Mexico's Pacific Coast from San Blas to Punta San Telmo, an area that includes the resort cities of Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo.

A spokeswoman for Thomson and First Choice said flight TOM194 from Manchester to Puerto Vallarta, which was due to leave at 9.15 today had been postponed until 9.15 tomorrow and customers are being notified.

Customers in the resort have been told of a delay to their return to Manchester on TOM195 until tomorrow. The operator said it had made arrangements for them to remain in hotel accommodation.

"We recognise the inconvenience this may cause, but the health and safety of our customers and crew is our primary concern," said the spokeswoman.

"Our dedicated resort team are working with the relevant authorities and hoteliers to ensure everyone is looked after and kept updated with the latest information and advice. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and we encourage customers to check our website for updates."

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