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Hurricane Patricia downgraded as storms weaken

Hurricane Patricia, one of the most powerful storms on record, has been downgraded after its 200mph storms over Mexico weakened drastically.

The hurricane was recorded as a Category Five storm - the highest classification - but has since been downgraded to a Category One.

Heavy damage appears to have been avoided but experts have warned of "life-threatening flash floods and mudslides".

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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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