Surfers took advantage of the high waves as Hurricane John approached Mexico's Baja California peninsula.
But for others, like fisherman Pedro Suarez, there was nothing to do but wait out the storm.
Strong winds pushed this boat half off its trailer in an early sign of Hurricane John's strength.
Hundreds of residents had already left low-lying areas to seek shelter.
Many of those holidaying in the Baja California area headed to the airports, hoping for a flight home.
Other holidaymakers stayed put but moved to temporary shelters in their hotels.
Others tried to protect their homes and businesses as best they could, blocking doors and windows.
As Hurricane John edged towards Baja California peninsula (bottom left of picture), Tropical Storm Ernesto lashed parts of the Carolinas (centre right).
Ernesto also brought wet and windy weather to much of the east coast of the United States.