Manzanillo: Hurricane Patricia grew into a monster Category 5 storm and bore down on Mexico’s central Pacific Coast late, for what forecasters said could be a devastating blow.

The officials have declared a state of emergency and handed out sandbags in preparation for flooding.

Steady rain began after dark in Manzanillo, one of the country’s principal ports, ahead of an expected landfall yesterday. Luis Felipe Puente, Mexico’s civil defense coordinator, said schools would be closed in Colima state, which is home to Manzanillo.