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Local travel agent staying busy during Hurricane Patricia

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It's the strongest hurricane on record and now Patricia has made landfall.

Locals and tourists in Puerto Vallarta and cities along the western Mexican coastline are taking cover right now. So far, winds have hit 190 per hour.

Even Oregonians are feeling the ripple effects on Hurricane Patricia, including people who work in the travel industry. 

FOX 12 spoke with a local travel agent who told us what she is currently dealing during the hurricane.

Eileen Key's business is called Se Renta Vallarta and she rents condos to tourists in Puerto Vallarta.

She said she's dealing with a lot of anxious customers wondering what they should do about travel plans and reservations, but she warns them that hurricanes are always a risk this time of year.

Eileen has her own condo in Puerto Vallarta and knows exactly how volatile the weather can be in hurricane season.

All day on Friday, she's been answering emails and phone calls from frantic clients wondering if they should travel, and from others who are already stuck in Mexico.

Even if Patricia is the worst hurricane in history, Eileen thinks Puerto Villarta will bounce back and those who know the region won't be scare to travel there again some day.

"No, I think people know it's pretty seasonal, and I always encourage people to get travel insurance this time of year and they don't. So I just try to take care of them the best I can."

If you do have to change your travel plans because of the hurricane, Eileen said that most airlines are waiving their changes fees right now.

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