MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Hurricane Roslyn is expected to hit Mexico’s Pacific coast with near major force, bringing dangerous storm surges and flooding, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said, as authorities were urging residents of some areas to seek safety.
Roslyn had become a Category 1 hurricane Friday evening, the Miami-based forecaster said, as it neared resorts in central Mexico.
Preparations to protect life and property “should be completed in a hurry” for areas under hurricane warnings along the coasts of Jalisco and Nayarit, he said.
On Friday evening, about 290 km south-southwest of the Mexican port city of Manzanillo, Roslyn was expected to follow the coast before turning inland near the resort town of Puerto Vallarta, the NHC said on a map.
Hurricane conditions are expected to reach the coast by late Saturday or early Sunday, he added.
The NHC predicts Roslyn’s sustained winds will reach around 110 mph (180 km/h) as they approach San Blas, before dissipating inland.
On Friday evening, it was blowing winds of 85 mph (140 km/h). The hurricanes become major category 3 storms with winds of 111 mph.
“Winds are expected to reach tropical storm strength first Saturday at noon, making outdoor preparations difficult or dangerous,” the NHC said.
In the state of Jalisco, authorities told people to avoid beaches and asked tourist groups to avoid promoting or carrying out activities on the coast or in mountainous areas this weekend.
They also recommended people living in low-lying areas near rivers or streams to seek safety.
The NHC expects Roslyn to cause a dangerous storm surge with “large destructive waves” and “significant coastal flooding”.
The storm is expected to dump rain in southwestern Mexico, with parts of the states of Colima, Jalisco, Nayarit and Sinaloa receiving four to six inches (10-15 cm) of rain, with some areas seeing up to eight inches .
(Reporting by Kylie Madry and Sarah Morland, editing by William Mallard, Robert Birsel)