Hurricane Roslyn slammed into a sparsely populated stretch of Mexico’s Pacific coast between the resorts of Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan Sunday morning, then weakened to a tropical storm and moved rapidly inland.
Sunday night Roslyn had winds of 45 kph (30 mph), from its peak of 209 kph (130 mph). The US National Hurricane Center said Roslyn was about 50 miles (80 km) northwest of the northern city of Monterrey.
The hurricane was moving northeast at 35 km/h (22 mph) and was expected to lose further strength as it moved inland. The Center expects Roslyn to disappear before it reaches Texas.
Local media reported that two people died after taking shelter in unstable structures that collapsed during the storm, but the Nayarit State Civil Protection Agency said it could not confirm those deaths.
Though it missed a direct hit, Roslyn brought heavy rains and high waves to Puerto Vallarta, where ocean waves lashed the beach promenade.
Roslyn made landfall in Nayarit state, in roughly the same area where Hurricane Orlene made landfall on Oct. 3.
The hurricane made landfall around the village of Santa Cruz, near the fishing village of San Blas, about 150 km (90 mi) north of Puerto Vallarta.
In Tepic, the state capital of Nayarit, Roslyn blew down trees and flooded some streets; Authorities asked residents not to go outside on Sunday as the crew was working to clear a landslide that had blocked a local highway.
The Federal Electricity Commission reported that more than 150,000 homes had lost power as a result of the storm and that by midday Sunday, service had been restored for about a third of those customers.
Meanwhile, the beachside restaurants in Puerto Vallarta, where tourists had had carefree lunches on Saturday, were deserted on Sunday morning, and at some the waves had dragged along railings and small thatched structures that normally keep the sun out of diners.
The head of the state civil defense office for the Puerto Vallarta area, Adrián Bobadilla, 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 U.S. Hurricane Center warned that heavy rains could cause flash flooding and landslides across the rugged terrain inland.