Hurricane Roslyn is growing into a Category 4 storm as it nears the coast of Mexico

Hurricane Roslyn strengthened to a major Category 4 storm on Saturday as it headed for a collision with Mexico’s Pacific coast, likely north of the resort town of Puerto Vallarta.

The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Roslyn’s maximum sustained winds stood at 130 mph early Saturday evening.

The storm was centered about 90 miles southwest of Cabo Corrientes — the point of land that juts into the Pacific Ocean south of Puerto Vallarta — and was moving north at 10 mph.

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People protect the windows of a swimwear store with wooden boards as they prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Roslyn in the tourist area of ​​Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico, on October 22, 2022.


The outlook called for Roslyn to begin shifting to a northeasterly motion, putting it on a path that could bring it close to Cabo Corrientes and the Puerto Vallarta region late Saturday before making landfall in the state of Nayarit early Sunday.

Hurricane Orlene made landfall on Oct. 3 a little further north in roughly the same region, about 45 miles southeast of the resort town of Mazatlan.

Mexico’s National Water Commission said rain from Roslyn could cause mudslides and flooding. The NHC warned of dangerous storm surge along the coast, as well as up to 10 inches of rain in some areas.

“This rainfall may lead to flooding and landslides in areas with uneven terrain,” the NHC wrote in a statement.

The state of Jalisco, which includes Puerto Vallarta, could see anywhere from 4 to 8 inches of rain, the NHC said.

Hurricane-force winds extended 30 miles from Roslyn’s core, while tropical storm-force winds extended out to 80 miles, the U.S. Hurricane Center said.

Mexico issued a hurricane warning covering a stretch of coast from Playa Perula south of Cabo Corrientes north to El Roblito and off the Islas Marias.

Apparently unaware of the danger just hours away, tourists dined at beach restaurants around Puerto Vallarta and smaller resorts further north on the Nayarit coast, where Roslyn was expected to hit.

“We are fine. Everything is calm, everything is normal,” said Jaime Cantón, a receptionist at the Casa Maria hotel in Puerto Vallarta. He said if the wind picked up, the hotel would gather outside furniture “so nothing will fly.”

While the sky began to cloud up, the waves remained normal and few people seemed to rush to take precautions; swimmers were still in the ocean at Puerto Vallarta.

“The 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, further up the coast.

Asked what precautions were being taken, Morales said: “They (authorities) have not told us anything.”

The Nayarit state government said the hurricane was expected to make landfall on Sunday around the fishing village of San Blas, about 90 miles north of Puerto Vallarta.

The head of the state civil defense office, Pedro Núñez, said: “Right now we are carrying out patrols through the cities to warn people so that they can keep their possessions safe and stay in safe areas.”

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

Alfaro said on Twitter that all school activities in the region would be canceled on Saturday, and he urged people to avoid tourist activities at beaches and in mountain areas over the weekend.

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