Alternative highways are opened due to hurricane Patricia

Guadalajara, October 23. - The head of the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (SCT), Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, reported that coastal highways are toll-free due to the state of emergency for Hurricane Patricia.

At a press conference, he said this move aims for the drivers to be able to leave Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco and avoid risks by the meteorological phenomenon.

The official called on the people to take the necessary steps and go to shelters if required.

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Moreover, he urged tourists and businessmen to take measures, for he said, "is a very serious warning, a hurricane of this intensity has never been seen on the coast of Jalisco, so we all have to protect ourselves."

He explained further that the ports are closed regardless of the size of the boats.

Ruiz Esparza said that he will be installed permanently in the area until the emergency passes and to address the damage after it, also asked the media to convey the message of permanent alert.

In turn, the General Coordinator of Ports and Merchant Marine (SCT), Gerardo Ruiz de Teresa, said highways of Manzanillo, Colima and Tepic to Guadalajara are open. (Notimex)

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