MEXICO: According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Roslyn is predicted to strike Mexico’s Pacific coast with strength close to a major hurricane, bringing with it hazardous storm surges and flooding. Authorities have advised some residents to leave their homes and seek shelter.
As it approached tourist areas in central Mexico late on Friday, Roslyn had grown to be a Category 1 hurricane, according to the Miami-based forecaster.
Areas under hurricane warnings along the coasts of Jalisco and Nayarit “should be rushed to completion” with regard to preparations to safeguard life and property, it advised.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) projected that Roslyn would turn inward near the resort town of Puerto Vallarta late on Friday, around 180 miles (290 km) south-southwest of the Mexican port city Manzanillo. After following the coast, Roslyn was predicted to head inward.
By late Saturday or early Sunday, hurricane conditions are anticipated to approach the shore, according to the report. Roslyn is expected to approach San Blas with sustained winds of around 110 mph (180 kph) before it fades inland, according to the NHC.
On Friday night, it had winds of 85 mph (140 kph). Wind speeds of 111 mph cause hurricanes to become major Category 3 storms. The NHC stated that by midday on Saturday, “winds are expected to first reach tropical storm strength, making outside preparations difficult or dangerous.”
Authorities in the state of Jalisco advised residents to stay away from the beaches this weekend and requested travel agencies to refrain from advertising or hosting events there or in nearby mountains.
The NHC forecasts that Roslyn will produce a hazardous storm surge with “huge, destructive waves” and “significant coastal flooding.”
Parts of the states of Colima, Jalisco, Nayarit, and Sinaloa are likely to receive four to six inches (10–15 cm) of rain, with some locations receiving as much as eight inches from the storm, which is forecast to pour rain across southwestern Mexico.
In addition, they advised those who lived in low-lying areas close to rivers or streams to leave for safer territory.