Hurricane Patricia has weakened into a tropical storm as it passes through central Mexico, with much of the damage avoiding largely populated areas.
Patricia was forecast to be the biggest storm ever recorded in the Americas as it struck Mexico on Friday, but lost much of its power as it travelled over the mountainous regions along the Pacific coast.
President Enrique Peña Nieto has thanked residents for their thoughts and prayers but warned that the heavy rainfall could still pose a serious threat.
The US National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said the storm is forecast to dump up to 500m of rain across central and north-east Mexico.
“These rains are likely to produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides,” said the NHC.
Winds of up to 332 kilometres per hour were recorded as Patricia reached the Mexican coast, making it the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere.
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Villagers in the state of Jalisco have returned to pick up the pieces left behind by Patricia, with over 250 homes damaged by the category five storm.
State government Secretary General Roberto Lopez Lara said that while the damage was substantial, they can be thankful for the safety of the people.
“All the forecasts predicted the worst,” said Mr Lopez.
“We do not have any deaths.”
In Manzanillo, Colima state, soldiers were deployed to help repair the damage in the city’s main boulevard, as locals began surveying the damage left behind.
“For being the most powerful hurricane in the world, I think we came out okay,” said Cristian Arias, a seafood restaurant owner in the port of Manzanillo.
The government has warned that ash from the increasingly active volcano of Colima could combine with heavy rainfall to trigger huge mudflows.
The US state of Texas is likely to be affected by the heavy rainfall as the storm continues to move north. – Josh Chahal
Top photo of Hurricane Patricia lashing the Mexican coast from BBC News.