Hurricane Roslyn was expected to deliver a treacherous storm surge to parts of Mexico yesterday after plowing over the Pacific as a powerful Category 4 storm just offshore from the resort of Puerto Vallarta.
The US National Hurricane Center said that Roslyn had become “extremely dangerous” with maximum sustained winds of 215kph.
The storm was forecast “to bring damaging winds, a life-threatening storm surge and flooding rains to portions of west-central Mexico today [yesterday],” the hurricane center said.
The center placed Roslyn’s core about 75km west of Cabo Corrientes — the point of land jutting into the Pacific south of Puerto Vallarta — and moving north at 19kph.
Forecasters said Roslyn likely would pass close to Cabo Corrientes and the Puerto Vallarta region during the night, but warned that those areas would still see high winds, heavy rains and rough surf.
A hurricane warning was in effect for Las Islas Marias and Playa Perula to Escuinapa.
A hurricane watch was in effect for the area north of north of Escuinapa to Mazatlan, the center said.
The storm was expected to come ashore in Nayarit State yesterday morning.
Hurricane Orlene made landfall on Oct. 3 a little farther north in roughly the same region, about 75km southeast of the resort of Mazatlan.
Hurricane-force winds extended out 45km from Roslyn’s center, while tropical storm-force winds extended out to 130km, the center said.
A hurricane warning was posted on a stretch of coast from Playa Perula south of Cabo Corrientes north to El Roblito and for the Islas Marias.
Seemingly oblivious to the approaching storm, tourists ate at beachside eateries on Saturday around Puerto Vallarta and smaller resorts farther north on the Nayarit coast where the storm likely was headed.
“We’re fine. Everything is calm, it’s all normal,” said Jaime Canton, a receptionist at the Casa Maria hotel in Puerto Vallarta.
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