MEXICO CITY – After Hurricane Roslin plowed through the Pacific on Sunday, parts of Mexico were expected to make a formidable storm surge offshore from the resort of Puerto Vallarta as a powerful Category 4 storm.
The US National Hurricane Center said Sunday morning that Roslyn had become “extremely dangerous” with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph (215 km/h).
The storm was forecast to “bring damaging winds, a deadly storm surge and flooding to parts of west-central Mexico today,” the hurricane center said at 12 a.m. Sunday.
The center placed Roslyn’s core about 45 miles (75 km) west of Cabo Corrientes — the point of landfall in the Pacific Ocean south of Puerto Vallarta — and moving north at 12 mph (19 km/h). moving towards
Forecasters said Rosalind would likely pass near Cabo Corrientes and the Puerto Vallarta region overnight, but warned that those areas would still see strong winds, heavy rain and rough surf.
A hurricane warning is in effect for Esquinapa from Las Islas Marías and Playa Perola. A hurricane watch is in effect for the area north of Esquinapa to Mazatlan, the center said.
The typhoon was expected to make landfall in Narayat state on Sunday morning. Hurricane Orlean made landfall a little farther north in about the same area on October 3, about 45 miles (75 km) southeast of the resort of Mazatlán.
The U.S. Hurricane Center said hurricane-force winds extended 30 miles (45 km) from the center of Roslyn, while tropical storm-force winds extended 80 miles (130 km).
A hurricane warning was posted along the coast south of Cabo Corrientes from Playa Perula to El Roblito and Islas Marias.
Apparently oblivious to the approaching typhoon, tourists on Saturday dined at beachside eateries around Puerto Vallarta and at small resorts north of the Narayat coast where the storm was likely.
“We’re fine. Everything’s calm, it’s all normal,” said Jaime Kenton, a receptionist at the Casa Maria Hotel in Puerto Vallarta. He said furniture outside the hotel would pile up if the winds picked up. “So nothing will fly.”
While the sky started to cloud over, the waves remained normal, and some people were seen running to take precautions. Swimmers were still in the ocean in Puerto Vallarta.
“This place is full of tourists,” said Patricia Morales, a receptionist at the Punta Guayabitas Hotel in the laid-back beach town of the same name, just off the coast.
Asked if precautions were being taken, Morales said, “They (authorities) have not told us anything.”
The hurricane is expected to make landfall around the fishing village of San Blas, about 90 miles (150 km) north of Puerto Vallarta, the Neret state government said.
“Right now we are patrolling the cities, to warn people so they can secure their possessions and keep themselves in safe areas,” said Pedro Nunez, head of the state’s civil defense office.
In the neighboring state of Jalisco, Gov. Enrique Alfaro wrote that 270 people had been evacuated in a town near the hurricane’s expected path and five emergency shelters had been set up in Puerto Vallarta.
The National Water Commission said rains from Roslyn could cause mudslides and flooding. And the U.S. Hurricane Center has warned of 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 cm) of rain along the coast, along with dangerous storm surges.
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