Monstrous Hurricane Patricia rips through Mexico, wreaking havoc (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
The true strength of the Category 5 hurricane – the highest possible rating - can be seen in videos posted from where the tropical storm made landfall, as it caused trees to bend and resulted in severe flash flooding.
An estimated 350 trees have been ripped out of the ground in just one of the Mexican states.
What should have been a nice relaxing beach holiday on the Pacific coast, turned in to a race against time to find safety, as around 15,000 tourists were hastily evacuated from the resorts.
Streets now resemble rivers, rather than roads and things could get worse. Several Mexican states are expected to get almost half their annual rainfall in the next couple of days.
"It sparked chaos here, it ruined a lot of things, took down the roof, lots of trees. Things are in a bad state where we work," Domingo Hernandez, a hotel worker in the resort of Barra de Navidad told Reuters.
An apocalyptic image of the sky above Guadalajara, a popular tourist destination, shows how ominous the advance of the hurricane looked.
This is from my hometown of Guadalajara. They'll survive but the streets are gonna be rivers by the end of the day. pic.twitter.com/W4mMvs3CIH— Ⓐ#FuerzaMexico☭ (@MexicAnarchist) October 23, 2015