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Hurricane Roslyn Grows to Category 4, Makes Landfall in Mexico

Hurricane Roslyn Grows to Category 4, Makes Landfall in Mexico

Two reported dead as the “major hurricane” slams Santa Cruz with 120 mph sustained winds.

(CNN) – Hurricane Roslyn slammed into west-central Mexico on Sunday, bringing torrential rain and threatening inland flooding. Two deaths have been reported.

“This rainfall could lead to flash flooding and landslides in areas of rugged terrain,” the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said.

As of 2 p.m. ET Sunday, Roslyn was centered about 55 miles (90 kilometers) south-southeast of Durango, Mexico, the hurricane center said. It was moving north-northeast at 20 mph (31 kilometers per hour).

“Swells generated by Roslyn will affect portions of the coast of southwestern Mexico, west-central Mexico, and the southern portion of the Baja California peninsula through tonight,” the hurricane center said.

“These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.”

Roslyn made landfall around 7:20 a.m. ET near Santa Cruz in northern Nayarit state, whipping maximum sustained winds of 120 mph, the hurricane center said.

A “major hurricane” is one with maximum sustained winds of at least 111 mph.

“Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 70 mph (110 km/h) with higher gusts,” the hurricane center said Sunday afternoon.

“Rapid weakening is expected to continue, and Roslyn is forecast to become a tropical depression by this evening and dissipate tonight or early Monday.”

Roslyn formed off the western coast of Mexico and its sustained wind speed increased by 60 mph in a 24-hour period from Friday to Saturday morning -- a rapid intensification.

The hurricane has been tracking similarly to Hurricane Orlene, which made landfall October 3 just north of the Nayarit-Sinaloa border.

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