Hurricane Roslyn makes landfall near Santa Cruz, Mexico, and is a Category 3
(CNN Spanish) — Roslin made landfall in west-central Mexico, in northern Nayarit, near Santa Cruz, at 7:20 a.m. (Miami time) as a major Category 3 hurricane with sustained winds of 193 km/h, according to the latest updates from the National Gazette. Hurricane Center.
Roslyn is forecast to weaken rapidly today as it moves inland over the mountainous terrain of western Mexico.
A dangerous storm surge is expected to cause significant coastal flooding.
A hurricane warning is in effect for the Islas Marias archipelago, about 96 km from the mainland coast, and the area from Playa Perula to Esquinaba. A hurricane watch is in effect for Mazatlán north of Escuinapa.
“Preparations to protect life and property should be completed expeditiously,” the National Hurricane Center said.
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Substantial rain is also expected, which could lead to flash floods and landslides, the forecast said.
The upper coast of Colima, western Nayarit, the Marias Islands and southeastern Sinaloa could receive up to 203 mm of rain. A maximum of 254 mm was recorded on the north coast of Jalisco.
Roslyn formed off the west coast of Mexico and developed sustained winds of 60 mph during the 24-hour period Friday through Saturday morning, a rapid intensification.
The hurricane is moving in a similar fashion to Hurricane Arlene, which made landfall as a Category 1 storm north of the Nayarit-Sinalova border on October 3. Arlene strengthened into a Category 4 storm over open water earlier in the day.
CNN’s Haley Brink and Derek Van Dam contributed to this report.
Author’s note: This article has been updated with the latest information.