Rain and flooding forced evacuations along Mexico's Pacific Coast and dozens of rescues of people from stranded cars, authorities said. The ferocious hurricane smashed small buildings and left more than 200,000 people without electricity, officials and residents said.
The Category 3 hurricane, packing sustained winds of 115 mph, hit land around midnight local time; it was later downgraded to a Category 2. It came in the middle of a long Independence Day holiday weekend in Mexico, which had sent thousands of vacationers to Pacific beaches.
There were no immediate reports of deaths, while local media reported several people had been injured by flying glass.
The meteorological service warned of "landslides, river overflows, cut off roadways, flooding in low-lying areas and saturated sewerage systems in urban zones."
"The population is called on to take extreme precautions and remain alert," the service said.