[:en]Hurricane Rosa strengthens to Category 3 off Mexican Pacific coast[:es]Rosa toma fuerza y se convierte en huracán categoría 3 frente a costas mexicanas[:]

[:en]Hurricane Rosa has developed to Category 2 and could continue to strengthen as it made its way across the Pacific along Mexico’s northwest coastline, the country’s National Weather Service (SMN) said Thursday.

According to SMN, at 10 a.m. local time Thursday, Rosa sustained winds of 165 kilometers per hour and gusts of 205 kilometers per hour. The hurricane’s strong clouds caused storms in northwestern Mexican states.

On Thursday morning, the hurricane was located some 855 kilometers southwest of the resort of Cabo San Lucas in the state of Baja California Sur, moving off the coast at a speed of 19 kilometers per hour.

The SMN predicted Rosa would strengthen to a Category 3 by Thursday night, when it is expected to be situated some 955 kilometers southwest of the same location in the Baja California peninsula.

The storm’s projected trajectory showed it would be moving away from the Mexican coast on Friday, but on Saturday would change course and move toward the peninsula, the SMN said.

If its projected path holds true, Rosa will be very close to the Baja California coast on Oct. 2 but as a weakened tropical storm with winds of 75 kilometers per hour and gusts of 95 kilometers per hour.

The SMN is asking citizens in the states of Baja California Sur, Sinaloa, Nayarit, Jalisco and Colima to take precautions as continued rainfall could lead to mudslides, landslides and overflowing rivers or flooding.

Rosa formed as a tropical storm last Tuesday along the western coast of the country and currently authorities in Baja California are staying on pre-alert for the possibility of the storm making landfall during the first few days of October.

Mexico’s northwest and west have been hit by heavy rain since last week which led to flooding in local areas and have left at least 13 dead, five of them in Sinaloa and eight in Michoacan, according to official reports.[:es]

Rosa se fortaleció a huracán de categoría 3 en la escala Saffir-Simpson, al suroeste de la Península de Baja California.

Se ubica a A 915 km al suroeste de Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, y a 565 km al oeste-suroeste de Isla Socorro, y se desplaza al oeste a 17 km/h con vientos de 205 km/h y rachas de 250 km/h.

Sus bandas nubosas refuerzan el potencial de lluvias en Baja California Sur, Sinaloa, Nayarit, Jalisco y Colima.

Por ello el Meteorológico Nacional exhortó a la población general a extremar precauciones en las zonas de los estados mencionados por lluvias, viento y oleaje (incluyendo la navegación marítima) y atender las recomendaciones emitidas por las autoridades del Sistema Nacional de Protección Civil, en cada entidad.

Alertan a Sinaloa ante tormentas fuertes

Autoridades de Protección civil estatal recomendaron a la población tomar precauciones, ante el pronóstico de tormentas muy fuertes, rachas de viento en el centro, oriente y sur de Sinaloa, a causa de los efectos del huracán Rosa, que se localiza al suroeste de la Península de Baja California.

El Instituto de Protección Civil de la entidad, señaló que se prevén tormentas puntuales muy fuertes acompañadas de actividad eléctrica en las regiones mencionadas, así como posible caída de granizo, además de la formación de trombas marinas.

Señaló que sus bandas nubosas reforzarán el potencial de lluvias en Sinaloa, Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima y Baja California Sur.

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