Hurricane Roslyn strengthened to Category 4 strength on Saturday as it headed for Mexico’s Pacific coast, where its vortex will almost certainly make landfall north of the tourist resort of Puerto Vallarta.
The storm had maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour (215 kilometers per hour) on Saturday afternoon, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported.
Its eye was about 180 kilometers (115 miles) south-southwest of Cabo Corrientes, a point of land jutting into the Pacific south of Puerto Vallarta, and it was moving north-northwest at 15 km/h (9 mph). ).RELATED
According to the weather forecast, Roslyn will begin moving north first and then northeast, allowing it to approach the area of Cabo Corrientes and Puerto Vallarta on Saturday night before making landfall in the state of Nayarit on Sunday morning. the morning.
Three weeks ago, on October 3, the center of Hurricane Orlene made landfall in much the same region, about 75 kilometers (45 miles) southeast of Mazatlán.
Hurricane-force winds from the meteor extended out to a radius of 45 kilometers (30 miles) from its vortex, while tropical-force winds reached 130 kilometers (80 miles) away, the NHC added.
Mexican authorities issued a hurricane warning for a stretch of coastline from Playa Perula, south of Cabo Corrientes, to El Roblito in the north, and for the Islas Marías.
Seemingly oblivious to the danger just hours away, tourists ate breakfast at beachside restaurants around Puerto Vallarta and smaller resorts further north on the Nayarit coast, where Roslyn is expected to arrive.
“We are very well, everything normal, very calm,” said Jaime Cantón, a receptionist at the Casa María hotel in Puerto Vallarta. He added that in case the wind blows, the hotel will pack up outdoor furniture “so nothing would blow away.”
While the skies began to cloud over, the waves remained normal and few seemed to be rushing to take precautions. bathers still entered the sea in Puerto Vallarta
“Here it is full of tourists,” said Patricia Morales, receptionist at the Punta Guayabitas hotel in the quiet coastal town of the same name. When asked what precautions were being taken, Morales replied that the authorities “have not told us anything.”
The Nayarit state government said the eye of the hurricane is expected to make landfall on Sunday around the fishing town of San Blas, about 90 miles (150 kilometers) north of Puerto Vallarta.
The director of civil protection of the state, Pedro Núñez, said that “right now tours of the municipalities are being carried out to be able to alert citizens so that they can somehow protect their assets, so that they can be protected in safe areas.”
In the neighboring state of Jalisco, Governor Enrique Alfaro wrote that 270 people had been evicted from a town near the hurricane’s expected path and that five emergency shelters had been set up in Puerto Vallarta.
Alfaro tweeted that any school activity in the region will be canceled on Saturday and urged the population to avoid tourist activities on beaches and in mountainous areas during the weekend.
Mexico’s National Water Commission reported that the rains dumped by Roslyn could cause landslides and flooding and the NHC warned of possible dangerous storm surges on the coast, as well as 10 to 15 centimeters (4 to 6 inches) of rain.
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