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PM hails Mexican authorities' 'preparedness'

David Cameron has praised the "preparedness" of the Mexican authorities for Hurricane Patricia after one of the most powerful storms on record made landfall.

Heavy damage appears to have been avoided, while there have been no reports of fatalities so far.

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Hurricane Patricia hits land on Mexico's Pacific coast

Hurricane Patricia as seen from space. Credit: @StationCDRKelly

Hurricane Patricia, set to be the strongest on record, has hit land on Mexico's Pacific coast with winds estimated at 165 miles per hour.

Patricia made landfall at Playa Perula in the state of Jalisco, Mexico's meteorological service said. The US National Hurricane Center said Patricia was the strongest storm ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere.

Tens of thousands of residents in vulnerable areas have been evacuated, whilst millions more have been advised to prepare for the "worst-case scenario" to protect life and property.

'Menacing' Hurricane Patricia image captured from space

Hurricane Patricia looks menacing in this picture taken from space. Credit: @StationCDRKelly

As Mexico prepares for landfall of perhaps the strongest tropical storm on record, one of the astronauts on board the International Space Station has tweeted an incredible photograph of Hurricane Patricia from space.

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