Hurricane Roslyn: Western Mexico braces for Sunday landfall of a Category 4 hurricane


Hurricane Roslyn, which is heading into Mexico as a major Category 4 storm, is expected to make landfall Sunday morning, bringing dangerous storm surges and flooding to parts of the country, forecasters said.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Roslyn was packing sustained winds of 130 mph Saturday night as it headed for the Pacific coast of Mexico.

The powerful hurricane was about 65 miles west-southwest of Cabo Corrientes Saturday night. It was moving north at about 12 mph and is expected to accelerate, turning north-northeast on Sunday.

On its current forecast track, Roslyn’s center is expected to approach the west-central coast of Mexico, likely making landfall on the Nayarit coast Sunday morning, according to the hurricane center.

“Although some weakening is possible this evening and early Sunday, Roslyn is expected to be at or near major hurricane intensity when it makes landfall on Sunday,” hurricane center forecasters said Saturday.

Dangerous storm surge is expected to cause extensive coastal flooding near and to the east of where the hurricane makes landfall. Near the coast, large and destructive waves are expected.

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A hurricane warning is in effect for Las Islas Marias – an archipelago about 60 miles off the mainland coast – and for the area from Playa Perula to Escuinapa. A hurricane watch is in effect for the area north of Escuinapa to Mazatlan.

“Preparations to protect life and property must be completed,” the National Hurricane Center said.

Heavy rainfall is also expected, which could lead to flash floods and landslides, according to forecasts.

The upper coast of Colima, western Nayarit including Islas Marias, and southeast Sinaloa could see up to 8 inches of rain. Jalisco could get a maximum of 10 inches along the north coast.

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Roslyn began to form off the west coast of Mexico and its sustained wind speed increased by 60 mph in 24 hours from Friday to Saturday morning – a rapid intensification.

The hurricane followed the same track as Hurricane Orlene, which made landfall on October 3 just north of the Nayarit-Sinaloa border as a Category 1 storm before dissipating further inland. Orlene had upgraded to a Category 4 storm over open water the previous day.


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