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Hurricane Roslin predicted to bring dangerous storms to Mexico

Hurricane Roslyn A treacherous storm surge was expected to deliver a treacherous storm surge to parts of Mexico on Sunday after plowing over the Pacific as a powerful Category 4 hurricane just off the resort of Puerto Vallarta.

The US National Hurricane Center said early Sunday that Roslyn had become “extremely dangerous” with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph.

“The storm was forecast to bring destructive winds, a deadly storm and flooding rain to parts of west-central Mexico today,” the Hurricane Center said at 12 a.m. on Sunday.

The center placed Roslin’s core about 45 miles west of Cabo Corrientes — the point of landfall in the Pacific south of Puerto Vallarta — and is moving north at 12 mph.

Forecasters said Rosslyn would pass close to Cabo Corrientes and the Puerto Vallarta region during the night, but warned those areas would still see strong winds, heavy rain and rough surf.

Hurricane warnings were in effect for Las Islas Marias and Playa Perula to Escuinapa. The center said a Hurricane Watch was in effect for the area of ​​Mazatlán, north of Escuinapa.

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This satellite image taken at 15:30 UTC and provided by NOAA shows Hurricane Roslin approaching the Pacific Coast of Mexico, Saturday, October 22, 2022.

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The storm was expected to move ashore in Nayarit state on Sunday morning. Hurricane Orlean made landfall on October 3 to the north in roughly the same area, about 45 miles southeast of the resort of Mazatlan.

The US Hurricane Center said hurricane-force winds extended up to 30 miles from the center of Roslyn, while tropical storm-force winds extended up to 80 miles.

A hurricane warning was posted on a stretch of coast from Playa Perula south of Cabo Corrientes to El Roblito and Islas Marías.

Unaware of an approaching storm, tourists dine on Saturday at beachfront eateries around Puerto Vallarta and smaller resorts to the north on the Nayarit coast, where storms were likely.

“We’re fine. Everything is calm, it’s all normal,” said Jaime Canton, a receptionist at the Casa Maria Hotel in Puerto Vallarta. He added that if the winds blow, the hotel furniture will gather outside “so nothing will blow.”

While the sky turned cloudy, the waves remained normal and some people were seen running to take precautions. Swimmers were still at sea in Puerto Vallarta.

“This place is full of tourists,” said Patricia Morales, a receptionist in the quiet beach town of the same name at the Punta Guayabitas Hotel, which is further from the waterfront.

Asked what precautions were being taken, Morales said, “They (officials) didn’t tell us anything.”

The Nayarit state government said the storm was expected to reach around the fishing village of San Blas, about 90 miles north of Puerto Vallarta.

“Right now we are patrolling towns to alert people so that they can secure their occupation and protect themselves in safe areas,” said Pedro Nez, head of the state’s civil protection office.

In the neighboring state of Jalisco, Governor Enrique Alfaro wrote that 270 people were evacuated in a city near the storm’s likely path and five emergency shelters were set up in Puerto Vallarta.

The National Water Commission said Rosslyn’s rain could cause landslides and flooding. And the US Hurricane Center warned of dangerous storm surges along the coast, as well as 4 to 6 inches of rain.

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