Roslyn Hits Mexico, Misses Resorts

Forecasters warn dangerous storm surge, mudslides are possible
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 23, 2022 10:35 AM CDT
Roslyn Hits Mexico, Misses Resorts
A satellite image taken at 15:30 UTC shows Hurricane Roslyn approaching the Pacific coast of Mexico on Saturday.   (NOAA via AP)

Hurricane Roslyn slammed into a sparsely populated stretch of Mexico’s Pacific coast between the resorts of Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan on Sunday morning and quickly moved inland. By Sunday morning, Roslyn remained a major hurricane with winds of 120mph, down only slightly from its peak of 130mph. The US National Hurricane Center said Roslyn was about 55 miles northwest of Tepic, the inland capital of Nayarit state. The hurricane was moving north-northeast at 16mph and was expected to lose force as it moves farther inland. While it missed a direct hit, the AP reports, Roslyn brought heavy rain and high waves to Puerto Vallarta, where ocean surges lashed the beachside promenade.

Roslyn came ashore in Nayarit state, in roughly the same area where Hurricane Orlene made landfall Oct. 3. The hurricane made landfall north of the fishing village of San Blas, about 90 miles north of Puerto Vallarta. Beachside eateries in Puerto Vallarta where tourists had lunched unconcerned Saturday were abandoned Sunday, and at some the waves had carried away railings and small thatched structures that normally keep the sun off diners. The Jalisco state civil defense office said authorities were patrolling the area but had not yet seen any major damage. The National Water Commission said rains from Roslyn could cause mudslides and flooding, and the US hurricane center warned of dangerous storm surge along the coast, as well as 4 to 6 inches of rain.

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