Hurricane Willa crashed ashore in western Mexico Tuesday, lashing the Pacific coast with powerful winds and heavy rain before weakening to a tropical storm as it moved inland.
The powerful storm, which was a maximum Category 5 hurricane on Monday, had weakened to Category 3 as it moved toward land.
Forecasters warned that the storm still had the potential to unleash deadly flooding and landslides.
However, storm surge levels will subside over the course of Wednesday and Willa is expected to dissipate by the afternoon, the US National Hurricane Center said.
As of 0600 GMT, the storm’s maximum sustained winds had decreased to 45 mph (75 kph). Read more