The National Hurricane Center has downgraded Hurricane Patricia to a Category 4 storm after it made landfall on the southwestern coast of Mexico late Friday.
Meteorologists say the storm – which had been considered the strongest ever recorded – remains dangerous with sustained winds reaching 130 mph.
While we have seen an abundance of satellite images and meteorological charts as Hurricane Patricia touched down in Mexico, photos and videos of the on-the-ground impact are beginning to surface.
Héctor Sanchez provided a number of video clips from his Instagram. Sanchez’s video comes from the Camino Real hotel in Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico.
The New York Times reported that Manzanillo, home to over 161,000 people, is the nearest major city to the storm’s landfall.
Most of the images are coming out of Manzanillo and Puerto Vallarta, but nothing has come yet from Cuixmala, where the landfall was reportedly centered.
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Another Twitter user from Manzanillo provided video that appears to show massive waves hitting the city.
— Marcelo Córdova (@marcelocordova) October 23, 2015
The Mexican Policía Federal shared images of the storm’s impact in the state of Jalisco, which borders Colima to the north.
— Policía Federal Mx (@PoliciaFedMx) October 23, 2015
At least one Twitter user has posted video purportedly from Jalisco as well.
— Rulo [(+)] (@skyrul) October 23, 2015
In the chaos of the storm’s arrival, images and footage from older storms are being passed off as current. But footage claiming to show Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, has already been published to YouTube.