-- Hurricane Patricia has weakened dramatically from the monster Category 5 storm that made landfall in Mexico Friday evening, to a tropical depression as of early Saturday morning, but not before reportedly unleashing heavy rains that could cause deadly flooding and mudslides, according to authorities.
As of 5 a.m. ET, Patricia had sustained winds of 75 mph, traveling to the north-northeast at 21 mph, and was centered about 50 miles southwest of Zacatecas, Mexico. Just hours later it was downgraded to a tropical depression with 35 mph winds.
There were no immediate reports of casualties or substantial widespread damage that was earlier predicted, according to authorities, who also warned of floods and mudslides. Television reports showed scenes of fallen trees and floodwaters.
Jalisco state reportedly received over 10 inches of rainfall in the last 24 hours, the NHC said.
Patricia is forecast to dissipate over Mexico and will no longer be a tropical storm by day’s end.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Patricia is predicted to produce about 8 to 12 inches of total rainfall. The accumulations could yield life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.
The U.S. embassy in Mexico City has issued a warning to all Americans in the hurricane's path.
"If you are in the hurricane warning area, you should make preparations immediately to protect life and property," the statement says.
Puerto Vallarta, a well-known resort town popular with foreigners, issued evacuations Friday and many tourists were being sent to one of 14 shelters in the state, the AP says.
Newlyweds Dustin and Amanda Smith of Bloomington, Ill., were forced to evacuate their hotel in Puero Vallarta and moved to a school that was serving as a makeshift shelter. "We had to throw everything in the bathroom and we could only bring a small bag," Dustin Smith told ABC News.
According to the Navarro County Office of Emergency Management in Texas, there had been over 20 water rescues from Friday afternoon into Saturday morning. There were no reported hospitalizations or fatalities.
ABC News' Max Golembo, Melissa Griffin, Justin Fishel, Matthew Foster, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.