Mexican officials urge residents and tourists to seek shelter as one of the most powerful hurricanes ever recorded in the western hemisphere bears down on Mexico's Pacific Coast. Jillian Kitchener reports.
These locals in Puerto Vallarta aren't taking chances... with one of the strongest storms ever recorded bearing down on Mexico's Pacific Coast. Hurricane Patricia prompted the evacuation of thousands of tourists and residents... and a mad dash for emergency supplies. Stern warnings -- like the one coming from Mexico's water agency -- are encouraging people to protect themselves. Officials say the unprecedented hurricane could wreak catastrophic damage, and some are comparing its intensity to 2013's deadly Typhoon Haiyan. Some tourists are searching for a way out: (SOUNDBITE (English) U.S. TOURIST (UNIDENTIFIED) SAYING: "If we don't make the flight then we are riding it out here." And for many, that means bunkering down in a safe place: (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. TOURIST JUDITH ROTH, SAYING: "Her friend has a room, an apartment that's like a bunker and we're set up. We have our water. We have our food. We're going to be in meditation and sending prayers for the area." The International Space Station has taken notice, and U.S. President Obama has tweeted his support for Mexico... With the U.S. National Hurricane Center declaring the Category 5 storm as the strongest ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere.