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Mexico's Pacific coast is being pounded by Hurricane Roslyn.

According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC), Roslyn, an intense Category 3 hurricane, was sweeping across west-central Mexico on Sunday and was pouring a potentially fatal storm surge and devastating winds in its path.

According to the NHC, Rosyln, a Category 4 hurricane that had been reduced since Saturday, made landfall at 5:20 a.m. local time (1120 GMT) near Santa Cruz in northern Nayarit, a Pacific coastal state with well-known tourist destinations like Sayulita and Punta Mita.

The National Meteorological Service said the Category 1 storm had weakened but had caused "significant damage" to the region earlier in the day. Hurricane Roslyn made landfall just before noon local time (1500 GMT) near Tecomán de Corona, packing maximum sustained winds of 100 kilometers per hour with gusts of up to 140 kph. Officials at the Civil Protection agency said 27 homes were damaged in Atencingo, a town about 20 kilometers inland from Tecomán, where a falling tree killed one person.

Further, local television channel Televisa broadcast footage of several flooded streets in Tecomán, as well as roads that were strewn with debris and downed power cables. Several shelters were set up to house those affected by the hurricane, including Tecomán, Colotlán, and Tuxpan. Residents, r from further inland, are encouraged to leave the worst-affected areas, with many roads blocked by fallen trees and cars. The storm, moreover, was moving north at about 11 kph (6 mph) as it weakened over the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains. Officials said it would continue moving north into Tuesday before turning northeast towards Texas on Wednesday.

How do hurricanes impact human lives?

The hurricane season runs from June through November and is expected to be above average again this year. In some Mexican states, farmers are harvesting fruits and vegetables before they have even ripened, a practice that makes them much more vulnerable to damage or spoilage from the weather. Previously, Tecomán had not been on the list of regions at the highest risk of hurricane damage. However, it was one of nine coastal municipalities covered by the government's emergency plan.

A violent hurricane could topple Mexico's coffee industry, submerging thousands of acres beneath floodwaters and destroying crops in areas prone to frequent tropical storms, according to a new report by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

This is not the first time that climate change has been linked to an El Nio event:

The report, "Mexico's Coffee Crisis and Climate Change: The Role of La Nia," points out that El Nio occurs every 2–7 years and has an average lifetime 10 percent greater than its predecessor, which means that its influence on weather patterns can last for several months to a year.

Citations from government parties about the weather.

"We're seeing a slow-moving climate pattern develop in the Pacific Northwest," said Ed Maibach, director of the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University and one of the authors.


To conclude, Hurricane Roslyn lands near Santa Cruz in northern Nayarit state. Category 1 storm has weakened but caused "significant damage" to the region. One person was killed by a falling tree in Atencingo, 20 kilometers inland from Tecomán de Corona. Forecasters predict the storm will turn northeast towards Texas on Wednesday. A new report links climate change to an El Nio event that occurs every 2–7 years and has an average lifetime 10 percent greater than its predecessor.

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