Category 3 storm hits the Mexican state of Nayarit with sustained winds of up to 195 km/h.
Hurricane Roslyn has made landfall on Mexico’s west coast, where communities are bracing for damaging winds, a dangerous storm surge and flash flooding.
The US National Hurricane Center said the Category 3 storm made landfall in western Mexico near Santa Cruz in Nayarit state Sunday, with estimated maximum sustained winds of 195 kilometers (120 miles) per hour.
Authorities have issued a precautionary alert in the Pacific coastal states of Jalisco, Colima, Nayarit and Sinaloa.
“Right now, we are conducting patrols through the cities to alert people so that they can keep their belongings safe and protect themselves in safer areas,” said Pedro Nunez, the head of Nayarit’s civil defense agency.
Victor Hugo Roldan, director of civil defense in the state of Jalisco, said on Saturday that several hundred people had been evacuated from the town of La Huerta, close to the hurricane’s path.
Most went to relatives’ homes, while some went to shelters, he said.
The National Water Commission warned that rain from Roslyn could cause mudslides and flooding, and the US Hurricane Center warned of a dangerous storm surge along the coast, as well as 10 to 15 cm (4 to 6 inches) of rain.