Hurricane Roslyn makes landfall in Mexico as a Category 3 major storm

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Hurricane Roslyn slammed into west-central Mexico on Sunday morning, causing dangerous storm surge and flooding in parts of the country, forecasters said.

Roslyn made landfall around 7:20 a.m. ET near Santa Cruz in northern Nayarit state.

The storm kicked up maximum sustained winds of 120 mph, according to the Miami-based National Hurricane Center.

Roslyn is expected to weaken quickly on Sunday as she heads inland into the mountainous terrain of western Mexico.

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A dangerous storm surge is expected to cause significant coastal flooding.

A hurricane warning is in effect for Islas Marias – an archipelago about 60 miles off the mainland coast – and for the area from Playa Perula to Escuinapa. A hurricane watch is in effect for the area north of Escuinapa to Mazatlan.

“Preparations to protect life and property must be completed,” the National Hurricane Center said.

Heavy rainfall is also expected, which could lead to flash floods and landslides, according to forecasts.

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The upper coast of Colima, western Nayarit including Islas Marias, and southeast Sinaloa could see up to 8 inches of rain. Jalisco could get a maximum of 10 inches along the north coast.

Roslyn formed off the west coast of Mexico and its sustained wind speed increased by 60 mph in 24 hours from Friday to Saturday morning – a rapid escalation.

The hurricane followed the same path as Hurricane Orlene, which made landfall on October 3 just north of the Nayarit-Sinaloa border as a Category 1 storm before dissipating further inland. Orlene had upgraded to a Category 4 storm over open water the previous day.

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