El Nino: Mexico ducks a potentially bad hurricane season

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico weathered a record eastern Pacific hurricane season with almost no deaths and relatively few damages given the intensity of the storms.

Mexicans have wondered why the country escaped any major disaster in a year in which the number of “major” hurricanes broke records, and the Western Hemisphere’s strongest hurricane hit land.

President Enrique Pena Nieto attributed the lack of damage to prayer circles and “the faith of the Mexican people.”

But an expert from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Tuesday the same thing that made Pacific hurricanes stronger — the El Nino weather phenomenon — also made them less deadly.

Mexico suffered tens of millions in damage from Category 5 Hurricane Patricia, but ducked any major damage from eight other major hurricanes.

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