Hurricane Roslyn slammed into west-central Mexico on Sunday morning, “bringing damaging winds, life-threatening storm surge and torrential rains,” forecasters said.
Roslyn made landfall around 7:20 a.m. ET near Santa Cruz in northern Nayarit state.
The major hurricane brought maximum sustained winds of 120 mph, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said. A “major hurricane” is one with maximum sustained winds of at least 111 mph.
As of 8 a.m. ET Sunday, Roslyn was about 90 kilometers (55 miles) northwest of Tepic, Mexico. It was moving north-northeast at 26 km/h (16 mph).
“Roslyn is expected to produce a life-threatening storm surge with significant coastal flooding in land wind areas through today,” the hurricane center said Sunday.
“Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large, destructive waves,” the forecasters said. And the swell is likely to cause “life-threatening surf and rip conditions”.
But there is good news for residents who live inland. “Now that Roslyn has made landfall, rapid weakening is expected as the hurricane moves further inland,” the hurricane center said.
Roslyn formed off the west coast of Mexico and its sustained wind speed increased by 60 mph in 24 hours from Friday to Saturday morning – a rapid intensification.
The hurricane followed the same track as Hurricane Orlene, which made landfall on October 3 just north of the Nayarit-Sinaloa border.
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CNN’s Haley Brink and Derek Van Dam contributed to this report.