Mexican authorities have evacuated tourist resorts and set up relief shelters as Category Five Hurricane Dean approaches the Yucatan Peninsula.
Residents gathered at hurricane shelters just hours before Dean was due to hit the town of Chetumal, Mexico.
Resorts and hotels in Cancun were left empty as thousands of tourists fled Mexico.
But some, such as the owners of this Cancun hotel, put on a brave face.
Evacuated tourists flocked to Mexico's airports, but not all were able to find a flight back home.
The army deployed thousands of troops in Quintana Roo state.
Supermarket shelves were left bare as residents stocked up on emergency provisions.
But other businesses and shops were boarded up and closed as a precaution.
Ancient Mayan sites including the temple ruins of Tulum sit in the path of Dean.