Hurricane Roslyn is progressing into a Category 4 storm as it nears the Mexican coast

Hurricane Roslyn progressed into 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 were 130 mph late Saturday night.

The storm was centered about 65 miles southwest of Cabo Corrientes — the point of land that juts into the Pacific Ocean south of Puerto Vallarta — and was moving north at 12 miles per hour.

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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, October 22, 2022.

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The prediction put Roslyn on a path that could take her near Cabo Corrientes and the Puerto Vallarta region on the night before landing in Nayarit state on Sunday.

Hurricane Orlene landed a little further north on October 3 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 surges along the coast, as well as up to 10 inches of rain in some areas.

“These rains could cause flash flooding and landslides in areas with rugged terrain,” the NHC wrote in a report.

The state of Jalisco, which contains Puerto Vallarta, could see between 4 and 8 inches of rain, the NHC said.

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

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

Tourists, seemingly unaware of the danger just hours away, ate at beachfront restaurants around Puerto Vallarta and at smaller resort towns farther north up the Nayarit coast, where Roslyn was expected.

“We’re fine. Everything is calm, everything is normal,” said Jaime Cantón, receptionist at Hotel Casa Maria in Puerto Vallarta. He said if the wind picked up, the hotel would collect outdoor furniture “so nothing flies around.”

While the sky began to cloud over, waves remained normal and few people seemed to rush to take precautions. Swimmers were still in the sea at Puerto Vallarta.

“The place is packed with tourists,” says Patricia Morales, receptionist at Hotel Punta Guayabitas in the laid-back beach town of the same name, further up the coast.

When asked what precautions would be taken, Morales said: “They (the authorities) haven’t told us anything.”

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

The head of state civil protection, Pedro Núñez, said: “Right now we are patrolling cities to warn people so they can protect their belongings and themselves in safer areas.”

In Jalisco, Gov. Enrique Alfaro wrote that 270 people had been evacuated in a town near the expected direction of the hurricane and that five emergency shelters had been set up in Puerto Vallarta.

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

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