Two people died on Sunday from devastation caused by Tropical Storm Roslyn after it made landfall as a powerful hurricane along Mexico’s Pacific coast before weakening further inland, authorities said.
A 74-year-old man was killed in the city of Mexcaltitan de Santiago Ixcuintla when a beam fell on his head, Nayarit State’s Ministry of Security and Civil Protection told Reuters. A 39-year-old woman died when a fence collapsed in the Rosamorada neighborhood.
According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC), Roslyn made landfall as a Category 3 hurricane at 5:20 am local time (1120 GMT) near Santa Cruz in northern Nayarit, a coastal Pacific state with popular tourist beaches. such as Sayulita and Punta. mita.
By midday, Roslyn was downgraded to a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds decreasing to nearly 45 miles per hour (75 kph), the NHC said.
Roslyn was predicted to become a tropical depression on Sunday evening and disappear overnight or early Monday.
Footage of Nayarit after Roslyn landed showed cars submerged in water and houses with extensive damage to roofs and exterior cladding. Emergency services were sent to the worst-hit areas, the state’s civil security service said on Twitter.
Only minor damage was reported in neighboring Jalisco, according to the state governor. Busy Puerto Vallarta International Airport resumed all operations.
Some people who had been evacuated had returned to their homes. Officials were working to restore power in areas with power outages.
Beaches along the coast remained closed. The NHC warned of swells that “would likely cause life-threatening surf and current conditions”.
Heavy rainfall was expected to continue in some parts of the storm’s path, the NHC said. Rain could lead to flash flooding and landslides in areas with rugged terrain, the center warned.