Hurricane Roslyn makes landfall in Mexico but stays away from beach resorts


Mexico City — Hurricane Roslyn struck a sparsely populated stretch of Mexico’s Pacific coast between the resort towns of Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan on Sunday morning, moving quickly inland.

By Sunday night, Roslyn had weakened significantly as the storm had maximum sustained winds of 30 mph as of 11 p.m. ET, according to the US National Hurricane Center. The remnant of the storm was about 50 miles west-northwest of Monterey, Mexico, and was moving northeast at a speed of 22 miles per hour.

The NHC said that “further overnight weakening is likely overnight as the remains lose their identity”.

Local media reported that two people died after taking shelter in unstable buildings that collapsed during the storm, but the Nayarit State Civil Defense Bureau said it could not confirm those deaths.

While missing a direct hit, Roslyn brought heavy rain and high waves to Puerto Vallarta, where ocean tides lashed the boardwalk.

Roslyn made landfall in Nayarit state, roughly the same area where Hurricane Orlene made landfall on October 3.

The hurricane made landfall just north of the fishing village of San Blas, about 90 miles north of Puerto Vallarta.

José Antonio Barajas, the mayor of San Blas, said in a video feed that some houses were damaged and the power went out, but no one was killed or seriously injured.

“The winds of this hurricane were actually violent,” Barajas said. “The sound of the wind was strong.”

In Tepic, the capital of Nayarit state, Roslyn blew up trees and flooded some streets; Authorities asked residents not to go out on Sunday as crews worked to clear a landslide that had blocked a local highway.

The Federal Electricity Commission reported that over 150,000 homes had lost power as a result of the storm and that by midday Sunday, power had been restored to about a third of those customers.

Meanwhile, beachfront restaurants in Puerto Vallarta where tourists had happily enjoyed lunch on Saturday were deserted Sunday morning, and at some the waves had carried away railings and small thatched-roof structures that normally keep the sun off diners.

The head of the state civil defense office for the Puerto Vallarta area, Adrián Bobadilla, said authorities were patrolling the area but had not yet seen major damage.

“The biggest impact of the waves was on some of the infrastructure on the beach,” Bobadilla said. “We had no significant damage.”

The state civil defense agency released video of officers escorting a large sea turtle back into the water after it was thrown onto the beach by the big waves.

The National Water Commission said rain from Roslyn could cause mudslides and flooding, and the US Hurricane Center warned that heavy rains could cause flash flooding and landslides over the rugged inland terrain.

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