Hurricane Rosa heading for Baja California weakens in Pacific

Pablo Tucker
October 1, 2018

The remnants of Hurricane Rosa could bring breezy weekend winds and the chance for heavy rainfall at the beginning of the week, the National Weather Service forecast Friday.

At least 11 people have died in recent days in flash floods caused by heavy rain in Mexico's Pacific coast states of Michoacan and Sinaloa.

Exactly how much rain and where it will fall is uncertain, but Riverside County's Emergency Management Department has warned residents near the Holy and Cranston wildfire burn areas that intense rain could cause risky debris flows.

Rosa, with maximum sustained winds decreasing to nearly 120 miles per hour (195 kph), was now a Category 3 storm, coming down a notch on the five-step Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

Hurricane Rosa was on a track Sunday to drench northwest Mexico and parts of the U.S. Southwest, prompting tropical storm warnings for the Baja California coast and flash-flood watches for parts of four U.S. states.

Previously a powerful Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 140 miles per hour, Rosa weakened over the weekend and is expected to bring potentially heavy rain, blustery winds and thunderstorms to the Valley from Sunday through Tuesday, forecasters said.

Rosa is expected to make landfall Monday as a tropical storm then continue moving northeast, soaking the southwestern US.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Rosa should still be at tropical storm force when it hits the Baja California Peninsula Monday with flooding rains. The storm was moving west at 13 miles per hour. Some areas could get up to 6 inches.

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