A couple from Plano, Illinois, stuck in Mexico spoke to NBC Chicago ahead of the historic and potentially devastating hurricane threatening the country’s coast.
J.R. and Diane Robinson are currently at a condo building in Puerto Vallarta where people are bracing for Hurricane Patricia.
“This being the granddaddy of all hurricanes, coming this way, people are not frightened and running in the streets but they are aware they are taking the necessary precautions,” J.R. said. “They are doing everything they can do to keep safe while we ride this out.”
The couple is unable to leave their condo as transit is no longer running in the area.
“We can’t really leave. The cab services and bus services are shut down,” J.R. Robinson said. “We’re up high enough, we’re safe.”
Hurricane Patricia became "the strongest hurricane on record" in the Western Hemisphere early Friday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. It was expected to hit Mexico's Pacific Coast between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET.
Here are some videos posted on social media of the hurricane: