Hurricane Roslyn: A Category 4 hurricane is expected to make landfall in western Mexico on Sunday




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Hurricane Roslyn, a major Category 4 storm headed for Mexico, is expected to make landfall on Sunday morning, bringing dangerous storm surge and flooding to parts of the country, forecasters said.

Roslyn packed winds of 130 mph Saturday afternoon as it headed toward Mexico’s Pacific coast, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The powerful hurricane was 65 kilometers west-southwest of Cabo Corrientes on Saturday night. It was moving north around 12 mph and is expected to accelerate, making a turn to the north-northeast on Sunday.

According to today’s forecast, Roslyn’s center is expected to approach the coast of west-central Mexico, possibly making landfall on the coast of Nayarit on Sunday morning, according to the hurricane center.

“While some weakening is possible tonight and early Sunday, Roslyn is expected to be at or near maximum hurricane intensity by the time it makes landfall on Sunday,” forecasters at the hurricane center said Saturday.

The dangerous storm surge is expected to bring significant coastal flooding near and east of the hurricane’s 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 60 miles off the coast of the mainland – and the region from Playa Perula to Escuinapara. A hurricane watch is in effect for the area from Escuinapa north 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 the forecast.

The upper coast of Colima, western Nayarit, including the Islas Marias, and southeastern Sinaloa saw up to 8 centimeters of rain. Jalisco could get up to 10 inches along the north coast.

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Roslyn began forming off the west coast of Mexico, and its wind speed increased to 60 mph during the 24-hour period Friday into Saturday morning, rapidly intensifying.

The hurricane has followed a similar pattern to Hurricane Orlene, which made landfall on October 3 north of the Nayarit-Sinaloa border as a Category 1 storm before dispersing further inland. Orlene had strengthened into a Category 4 storm over open waters the previous day.