"Hurricane KENNA Photos" Estado de Jalisco Travelogue by Skye_Miles
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PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico Oct. 25
As Hurricane Kenna started blasting Mexico's Pacific coast, soldiers and civil authorities evacuated thousands of people and closed schools and docks.
Kenna's sustained winds had slipped a bit from 160 mph to 145 mph, but it remained one of the most powerful storms to hit Mexico's Pacific coast in a half-century.
Heavy waves thundered over the coastal boulevard of this tourist city and washed into the patios of hotels, burying swimming pools under seawater as the storm's eye marched past, still well out to sea.
Emergency officials evacuated about 10,000 fishermen and residents from 30 coastal communities around Mazatlan and ordered schools and docks closed through Friday.
Further south, troops and civil defense authorities evacuated thousands from Puerto Vallarta neighborhoods built along rivers and on hillsides in preparation for possible flooding and mudslides.
Officials in more than half a dozen other communities asked another 10,000 people to evacuate their homes, said Antonio Saucedo, a spokesman for emergency officials in Jalisco state.
The hardest hit areas were on Los Muertos Beach, the Malecon and sections of the Hotel Zone. There was very little damage in the Marina, Nuevo Vallarta and the northern areas of Bahia de Banderas.
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