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Hurricane Patricia will be powerful enough to 'lift up cars'

Hurricane Patricia will reportedly be "powerful enough to lift up cars" and "destroy homes that are not sturdily built with cement and steel", according to officials at Mexico's meteorological service.

Roberto Ramirez, director of the country's National Water Commission, said those in the most danger from the hurricane will be people on the coast, especially in the state of Jalisco, and warned the storm would have the strength to "drag along people caught outside" when it hits.

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£2.4m reward offered for capture of 'El Chapo'

The Mexican Attorney General issues an appeal for information in Mexico City. Credit: Reuters

Mexican prison and government authorities must have colluded with Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman so that he could escape from a maximum security prison at the weekend, a key minister has said.

Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong also insisted there would be "no rest" for El Chapo. offered a 60 million pesos (£2.4m) reward for information leading to the capture of the drug-runner.

The governor of the jail from where Guzman escaped has also been sacked, officials said.

Colima Volcano eruption prompts evacuation

Smoke rises from Colima Volcano, also known as the Volcano of Fire, near the town of Comala. Credit: Reuters

The Colima Volcano in Western Mexico has erupted, spewing ash across a large area, prompting authorities to close the an airport and order the evacuation of a half dozen hamlets.

At least 70 people were staying at a shelter nearby, authorities said.

The volcano began erupting on Thursday and has become increasingly active, leading officials to issue orders to relocate people living nearby.

Civil protection officials described the volcano's movements as "atypical", a kind of activity not seen since it underwent a strong eruption in 1913.

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