Hurricane Patricia, a Category 5 storm, hit southwestern Mexico on Oct. 23 with winds up to 165 mph, forcing thousands of people to evacuate (videos below).
The strongest hurricane ever recorded was downgraded to Category 4 by late evening, but was still said to be "extremely dangerous" with winds up to 130 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), reports CNN.
The U.S. National Weather Service noted that Hurricane Patricia's winds had clocked in earlier at 190 mph and gusts were at 235 mph.
“Life-threatening flash floods and mudslides in the Mexican states of Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima, Michoacan and Guerrero through Saturday,” warned the NHC, notes RT.com.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto tried to calm residents via Twitter: "Do not go outside. Protect yourselves and follow instructions from Civil Protection. I am thinking of you all," reports the Los Angeles Times.
The World Meteorological Organization compared Hurricane Patricia to Typhoon Haiyan that killed over 6,000 people in the Philippines in 2013.