NEWS
10/23/2015 14:41 EDT | Updated 10/23/2016 01:12 EDT

Travel advisory issued for Mexico as major hurricane approaches

The Department of Foreign Affairs has issued a travel advisory for Mexico as a major hurricane prepares to make landfall in the popular tourist destination.

Hurricane Patricia is barrelling towards Mexico as a Category 5 storm and is expected to reach the country later today.

The U.S. National Hurricane Centre describes the storm as "potentially catastrophic" and says it currently features sustained winds of up to 325 kilometres per hour.

Foreign Affairs is urging Canadians in Mexico to consider leaving the area if they can.

The travel advisory cautions that airports and roads may be closed due to flash flooding, adding the hurricane could also cause food and water shortages.

Officials are comparing the storm to Typhoon Haiyan, which left more than seven-thousand people dead or missing in the Philippines two years ago.

At least one Canadian couple appears to be stranded in what is shaping up to be the heart of the storm.

David Lloyd of Edmonton just moved into a high rise with his wife in the resort town of Puerto Vallarta. He said they've spent part of the day securing their apartment so that they can ride out the storm in safety.

"We've just pulled everything off the patio that could be blowing around. We're establishing a safe zone inside the apartment that will be away from any windows," Lloyd told ABC news. "We'll hunker down."

Lloyd said he expects that he could be without power for up to four days if early forecasts prove accurate.

The Canadian Press