Forecasters warned of “damaging winds, a life-threatening storm surge, and torrential rainfall” as Hurricane Roslyn struck west-central Mexico early on Sunday. In the northern Nayarit state, close to Santa Cruz, Roslyn made landfall at about 7:20 a.m. ET.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami reported that the major hurricane had top sustained winds of 120 mph. Any hurricane with maximum sustained winds of at least 111 mph is considered a “major hurricane.” Roslyn was located around 90 kilometers (55 miles) northwest of Tepic, Mexico, as of 8 a.m. ET on Sunday. At 26 kph, it was traveling northeast-northeast (16 mph).
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According to the hurricane center, “Roslyn is predicted to create a life-threatening storm surge with substantial coastal flooding in areas of onshore winds through today.”
Forecasters stated that “near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by huge and dangerous waves.”
#Roslyn is churning toward Mexico and just attained Category 4 status. I think its biggest impact will be to Las Islas Marías, with a lesser, albeit still formidable, hit to Jalisco and Nayarit.
Landfall near same location as with Kenna in 2002. https://t.co/cj1wyfkNrk
— Matthew Cappucci (@MatthewCappucci) October 22, 2022
The likelihood of “life-threatening surf and rip current conditions” is also increased by swells. For those who reside inland, there is some good news. The hurricane center stated, “Rapid weakening is likely as the cyclone proceeds farther inland now that Roslyn has made landfall.”
4:23 am. Just a couple of miles from Santa Cruz. Conditions rapidly deteriorating. Driving getting difficult. Very heavy rain. Brilliant lightning. Chasing #Hurricane #ROSLYN in #Nayarit #Mexico
— Josh Morgerman (@iCyclone) October 23, 2022
Roslyn developed near the western coast of Mexico, rapidly intensifying over the course of a day from Friday evening to Saturday morning. Its sustained wind speed climbed by 60 mph. Similar to Hurricane Orlene, which made landfall on October 3 just north of the Nayarit-Sinaloa border, the hurricane has been traveling similarly.
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