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Extent of calculated damage to coastal homes from hurricane winds, according to the Saffir- Sampson scale: u CATEGORY1: Minimal u CATEGORY2: Moderate u CATEGORY3: Extensive u C ATEGORY4: E xtr eme u C ATEGORY5: C atastrophic CATEGORIZING P OTENTIAL H URRICANE DAMAGE MONTERREY , MEXICO Tens of thousands of people were being evacuated Friday from Mexico’s Paciﬁc coast as the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere bore down on the popular tourist area packing sustained winds of 190 mph, d own from 200 mph earlier in the day. The U.S. National Hurricane Center predicted the Category 5 Hurricane Patricia would make a “potentially catastrophic landfall” in southwestern Mexico later in the day. The center described the storm as the most powerful ever recorded in the eastern Paciﬁc or Atlantic basins. It warned of powerful winds and torrential rain that could bring life-threatening ﬂ ash ﬂooding and dangerous, des tructive storm surge. “If there were a category six for hurricanes, this would be a cate- g ory six,” Mexican President En- r ique Peña Nieto said Friday. “It’s a hurricane that hasn’t been seen before, not just in Mexico, not just in the United States. It has w ind speeds that are greater than the most intense, strongest hurri- c anes ever recorded on the p lanet.” Nieto said the entirety of the federal government is responding t o the storm, working with state a nd local o cials to coordinate e vacuations and position emergency personnel to respond. He told Mexicans that they have some di cult days ahead, but u rged them to follow the instruct ions of their local authorities to survive the oncoming storm. “ Patricia is one of the strongest t ropical cyclones globally ever observed based on lowest central pressure and maximum surface (and ﬂight level) wind speed since the dawn of aviation-based reconnaissance in the 1940s,” said WeatherBell meteorologist Ryan Maue. Patricia’s winds intensiﬁed a whopping 109 mph during Thursday, rising from a tropical storm to a Category 4 hurricane by that e vening. It was the fastest inten- siﬁcation ever recorded in the eastern Paciﬁc Ocean, according to meteorologist Phil Klotzbach of Colorado State University. Roberto Ramirez, director of Mexico’s National Water Commission, said Hurricane Patricia is powerful enough to lift up automobiles and destroy homes not sturdily built with cement and steel. The storm will also be able to drag people caught outside when it strikes. Those on the c oast will be in the most danger, e specially people living in the state of Jalisco, which has a population of more than 7.3 million, he s aid. I n a Category 5 hurricane, a h igh percentage of framed homes NOAA THOUSANDS FLEE COAST IN MEXICO ACCUWEATHER.COM The anticipated path of Hurricane Patricia, a category 5 storm. Most powerful storm ever recorded in eastern P aciﬁc or Atlantic basins could devastate region David Agren and Doyle Rice USA TODAY Patricia now No. 1 on storms list Category 5 hurricane tops 2013’s Typhoon Haiyan, 2B HURRICANE PATRICIA v STORY CONTINUES ON2B USA TODAY— DEMOCRATANDCHRONICLE E3 SECTION B 10.24.15 USA SNAPSHOTS © A United front 278% + At 70, the United Nations has grown in membership from 51 states in 1945 to 193 today. Note South Sudan was the last to join in 2011. Source United Nations TERRY BYRNE AND PAUL TRAP, USA TODAY LARRY PAGE BY DAVID PAUL MORRIS, BLOOMBERG Tech titans score big on earnings IN MONEY ‘Paranormal Activity’ finally reveals its demon PARAMOUNT PICTURES IN LIFE This is an edition of USA TODAY provided for DemocratandChronicle. A n expanded version of USA TODAYis available at newsstands or by subscription, and at usatoday.com. Find USA TODAYSports in today’s local s ports section. His presidential campaign unde r ﬁre from donors, Jeb Bush is cutting his payroll while focusing more on the early con- tes ts in the 2016 race. “We are moving our resources int o the states to ensure that voters in primary and caucus state s are introduced to his record and vision for the future,” Bus h spokeswoman Allie Brandenburg er said. The emphasi s wil l no w b e on Iowa , which opens the nominating process with caucuses on Feb. 1, as well as the three other states that pick convention delegates that month: New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. Bus h has said his campaign is making an especially intense effort in New Hampshire, site of the race’s ﬁrst primary on Feb. 9. “We are making changes to- da y to ensure Jeb is best positioned to win the nomination an d general election,” Brandenburger said in a statement. “Jeb i s the one candidate with a proven conservative record, bold ideas and the strong leader- shi p needed to ﬁx the problems America faces.” Once considered a front-run- ne r for GOP nomination, Bush — the son and brother of previ- ou s presidents — now ﬁnds himself in the middle of a crowded pac k in many Republican polls. The well-funded Bush campaign ha s taken ﬂak from some of its donors over its performance to date. Th e ex-Florida governor has lost ground to Donald Trump, Ben Carson and other “outsider ” candidates. A number of Republican voters have questioned whethe r a “third Bush” can win the presidency. Th e changes were ﬁrst reported by Bloomberg Politics. Campaign struggles force Jeb Bush to cut pay, sta Ex-Florida governor continues to lose ground, shifts emphasis to Iowa David Jackson USA TODAY “We are making changes today to e nsure Jeb is best positioned to win the nomination and general election.” Allie Brandenburger ,spokeswoman for Jeb Bush the vast majority involved ISIL but the number also included other U.S.-based extremists. Still, Comey said the total number of inquiries is “slowly climbing” as ISIL has sought to expand its reach into the U.S., targeting largely young, dis- a ected potential operatives through a provocative social media campaign. Because the pace of the investigations has varied in the last several months, Comey said it was WASHINGTON FBI Director James Comey said Friday federal authorities have an estimated 900 active investigations pending against suspected Islamic State- inspired operatives and other home-grown violent extremists across the country. In a speech to intelligence o - cials, Comey initially indicated that all 900 of the inquiries were ISIL related. Later, o cials said s till unclear whether the bureau had the necessary resources to meet the demand. Comey referred to a particularly taxing period in midsummer when federal authorities expressed public concern about the prospect of an attack around the July Fourth holiday. “If that becomes the new normal ... That would be hard to keep up,” the director said, though he said the pace has eased recently. Since July 1, the director said, investigators have been tracking a decline in numbers of Americans seeking to travel to Syria to join forces with ISIL. But it is unclear how that drop- o may be a ecting the domestic threat. Kevin Johnson USA TODAY “Something has happened that is ﬂattening the cur ve ( the number of travelers).” FBI Director J ames Comey o n Americans seeking travel to Syria to join ISIL AFP/GETTY IMAGES James Comey Comey says most involve trying to join militants abroad FBI has 900 ISILprobes inside U.S. WASHINGTON Justice Depart- m ent o cials announced Friday t hat they would not seek criminal c harges in a long-running inquiry i nto whether the IRS and former o cial Lois Lerner targeted cons ervative groups, including the Tea Party, for increased scrutiny in applications for tax-exempt s tatus. “Our investigation uncovered substantial evidence of mismanagement, poor judgment and institutional inertia leading to the belief by many tax-exempt applicants that the IRS targeted them based on their political viewpoints,” Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik said in a letter to Congress. “But poor management is not a crime. We found no evidence that any IRS o cial acted based on discriminatory, corrupt or other inappropriate motives.” Lerner was the central ﬁgure in the IRS decision to hold upap- plications seeking tax-exempt status. The “targeting” began in 2010 during the emergence of the Tea Party movement. A 2011 list of groups held up for review obtained by USA TODAY showed that 80% were conservative, alt hough liberal groups had similar p roblems. Lerner was held in contempt of Congress for refus- i ng to testify about her role. Justice: No IRS probe charges Tax-exempt requests f aced poor handling but nothing criminal Kevin Johnson and Gregory Korte USA TODAY DAVID BECKER, GETTY IMAGES Jeb Bush speaks at the LIBRE Initiative Fourm at the Coll ege of Southern Nevada.