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Dozens of flights delayed out of San Diego International

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Dozens of flights in and out of San Diego have been delayed or canceled now that historic Hurricane Patricia, the strongest storm ever recorded, has slammed into the coast of Mexico.

At least nine flights from Los Angeles International Airport to San Diego were delayed late Friday as the hurricane made landfall. But meteorologists said it has weakened after initially slamming into luxury resorts and nearby villages 55 miles west-northwest of Manzanillo.

Earlier Friday, Alaska Airlines Flight 245 from Puerto Vallarta to San Diego was canceled due to the storm. Rebecca Bloomfield with Lindbergh Field said the flight has not yet been rescheduled.

Bloomfield also said the airport has not yet received word on whether or not the San Diego International Airport will receive any emergency flights of American tourists who are caught-up in the storm.

Remedio Gomez, consul general to San Diego's Mexican Consulate, told City News Service as many as 79 shelters have been installed in the affected areas around the coast.

"In the next 48 hours, the affected area will receive 40 percent of the precipitation they get in a whole year," Gomez said. "The Mexican army and navy are the first responders who go to the most remote areas to help the people in those communities."

At least 34 municipalities in the state of Jalisco have declared a state of emergency, according to Gomez.

Gomez said Mexico's Secretary of Tourism, Enrique de la Madrid, is on the ground in Puerto Vallarta working to put safeguards in place for tourists who were unable to escape the hurricane. She said Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara -- two areas hit by the storm -- are very popular travel destinations for Southern Californian tourists.

Puerto Vallarta's airport was closed overnight. But was expected to re-open this afternoon.

The Mexican Consulate in San Diego has not yet been contacted by residents with family members who are in the region where the storm will hit, Gomez said.

Gomez said those who want updates on the storm can call the Spanish call center at 1-855-463-6395.

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