Hurricane Roslyn is sweeping off the Pacific coast of Mexico
Roslyn became a Category 1 hurricaneFriday night, when forecasters expected it to land between the resort towns of Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan over the weekend.
The US National Hurricane Center said Roslyn’s maximum sustained winds rose to 85 miles per hour late Friday night. The storm was centered about 255 miles south of Cabo Corrientes — the point of land that juts into the Pacific Ocean south of Puerto Vallarta — and was moving northwest at 7 miles per hour.
Forecasters said Roslyn could likely continue to gain strength and become a strong Category 2 hurricane before turning north, sweeping past Cabo Corrientes and then hitting the coast Saturday night or early Sunday.
“The center of Roslyn will be moving parallel to the southwest coast of Mexico tonight and early Saturday, then approaching the coast of west-central Mexico and making landfall along that coast Saturday night or Sunday morning,” the NHC said in an advisory.
Hurricane Orlene made landfall on October 3 in roughly the same region, about 45 miles southeast of Mazatlan.
The hurricane center said hurricane-force winds had moved 15 miles from Roslyn’s core.
Mexico issued a hurricane warning covering a stretch of coast from a point south of Puerto Vallarta north to San Blas and for the Islas Marias.
The National Water Commission said rain from Roslyn could cause mudslides and flooding. and the US Hurricane Center warned of dangerous storm surges along the coast.
said Jalisco State Governor Enrique Alfaro on twitter that all school activities in the region would be canceled on Saturday and urged people to avoid tourist activities on beaches and in mountainous areas at weekends.