LA MANZANILLA, Mexico — Hurricane Patricia, a category-5 hurricane that many feared would cause a massive swath of destruction in Mexico last weekend, wasn’t the natural disaster it was billed to be; the storm was quickly downgraded to a category-1 tropical storm after making landfall, and damage is far less than what it could have been.
Still, the storm made for some exciting moments and cool drone footage. This ABC footage shot from a drone over La Manzanilla, a village in the state of Jalisco that was in the path of the storm, shows what went down the morning after Patricia made landfall.
The overall damage is still being assessed by Mexican authorities.
“Fortunately Patricia hit an impressive chain of mountains on Mexico’s west coast and that debilitated its impact,” said Fusion and Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, who was in Mexico over the weekend to report on storm damage.
“As you know, I have been very critical of the Mexican government when it comes to corruption and human rights,” he added. “But in this case the federal government, the states, the cities and many civil organizations put in place an alert system and a prevention program that really worked.”
Mexicans are relieved and some are hailing the mountain range that miraculously slowed Patricia’s winds.
“What was supposed to be a weekend of destruction became, instead, a weekend of hope,” Ramos said.
Drone footage is courtesy of Fusion’s parent company ABC. Fusion video edited by Darwin Phillips.