Local man keeping tabs on family in Mexico as Hurricane Patricia hits

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Mario Ayon Martinex works at an elementary school in Greensboro and has family back home in Mexico.

He’s been keeping tabs on them all day as Hurricane Patricia barreled to the coast, the strongest hurricane ever recorded.

His parents and other family members live in Guadalajara, Mexico’s second-largest city. “They know also our family members that live in Colima but there’s really no contact right now with them so we really don’t know anything on how they are,” he told FOX8.

Unfortunately, Martinez said this is not the first time they’ve seen how devastating a hurricane can be. “It’s happened before with less category, and it’s really had really bad floods, destroyed houses, basically left people on the streets. So with this category five it really worries me. We have no idea what might happen.”

John Hughes with the Piedmont Triad American Red Cross says they are waiting to hear how they can help.

With an international disaster like this, the Mexican Red Cross will respond first and then ask for assistance. Groups from all over the world can then offer up specialty services to help out.

“Loss of property, there could be loss of life. Certainly it’s a tragic event and don’t forget the fact that we have many people living here in the Triad who are from Mexico and may have loved ones there.”

He’s aware there could be help needed in the United States, too, if rain and flooding hits the Southwest U.S. “Depending on how massive it is, it could not only affect Texas, it could head to the gulf and southeast.”

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