Category 4 Rosyln skimming Vallarta on the way to the coast of Mexico


MEXICO CITY — Hurricane Roslyn slammed into the Pacific as a powerful Category 4 storm off the coast of the Mexican resort of Puerto Vallarta as it headed slightly to the north for landfall Sunday.

The US National Hurricane Center said Roslyn had maximum sustained winds of 130 mph (215 kph) on Saturday night, but could lose some power overnight.

Roslyn’s core was about 65 miles (105 kilometers) west-southwest of Cabo Corrientes, the point of land that juts out into the Pacific south of Puerto Vallarta, and was moving north at 12 mph (19 kph). .

Forecasters said Roslyn would likely pass near Cabo Corrientes and the Puerto Vallarta region overnight, but warned those areas would still see strong winds, heavy rain and strong waves.

The storm was expected to make landfall in Nayarit state on Sunday morning. Hurricane Orlene made landfall on October 3 a little further north in roughly the same region, about 45 miles (75 kilometers) southeast of the tourist center of Mazatlán.

Hurricane-force winds extended 30 miles (45 kilometers) from the center of Roslyn, while tropical-storm-force winds extended up to 80 miles (130 kilometers), the US Hurricane Center said.

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

Seemingly oblivious to the approaching storm, tourists ate Saturday at beachside restaurants around Puerto Vallarta and at smaller resorts further north on the Nayarit coast, where the storm was likely headed.

“We’re fine. Everything is calm, everything is normal,” said Jaime Canton, a receptionist at the Casa Maria hotel in Puerto Vallarta. He said that if the wind increased, the hotel would pack up the outdoor furniture “so that nothing would fly away.”

While the skies began to cloud over, the waves remained normal and few people seemed to be rushing to take precautions. Bathers were still in the sea in Puerto Vallarta

“The place is full of tourists,” said Patricia Morales, receptionist at the Punta Guayabitas hotel in the sleepy beach town of the same name, further up the coast.

When asked what precautions were being taken, Morales said, “They (authorities) haven’t told us anything.”

The Nayarit state government said the hurricane was expected to make landfall around the fishing town of San Blas, about 90 miles (150 kilometers) north of Puerto Vallarta.

The head of state civil protection, Pedro Núñez, said: “Right now we are patrolling the towns, to alert people so they can take care of their belongings and stay safe in safer areas.”

In neighboring Jalisco state, Governor Enrique Alfaro wrote that 270 people had been evacuated from a town near the hurricane’s expected path and that five emergency shelters had been set up in Puerto Vallarta.

The National Water Commission said rains from Roslyn could cause landslides and flooding. and the US hurricane center warned of dangerous storm surge along the coast, as well as 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) of rain.

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