ORIGINALLY FROM BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA, DANIELA FRANCO IS FEATURES EDITOR FOR THE DESERT SUN, A USA TODAY AND GANNETT PUBLICATION, BASED OUT OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA.

SHE HAS PREVIOUSLY WRITTEN FOR NBC NEWSTHE NEW YORK TIMES STUDENT JOURNALISM INSTITUTE AND TAKEPART.COM.

SHE STUDIED JOURNALISM, SOCIOLOGY AND LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY'S GALLATIN SCHOOL OF INDIVIDUALIZED STUDY.

Be Safe! On Social Media, Mexico Warns Of Massive Hurricane Patricia

Be Safe! On Social Media, Mexico Warns Of Massive Hurricane Patricia

Hurricane Patricia became the strongest storm ever measured on the planet early Friday, with experts warning it could trigger 40-foot waves along southwestern Mexico and "life-threatening" flash flooding.

On social media, the country's president and civil service agencies made urgent pleas to families to take the hurricane seriously and make necessary arrangements for their safety.

Roberto Ramirez de la Parra, the Director of CONAGUA, Mexico's National Meteorological Service, made an update on Hurricane Patricia available via Youtube.

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