Hurricane: Roslyn, a tropical storm, is heading for Puerto Vallarta

The cyclone might strengthen to a Category 2 hurricane before moving close to or over Mexico's west-central coast on Saturday and Sunday night.

Hurricane: Roslyn, a tropical storm, is heading for Puerto Vallarta
Seaside in Puerto Vallarta with a window view of stormy weather. Photo by Tristan Ramberg / Unsplash

Storm Tropical Roslyn formed off Mexico's Pacific coast and is on its way to the resort city of Puerto Vallarta in the western state of Jalisco over the weekend.

Roslyn is around 280 kilometers south of the port of Zihuatanejo in the state of Guerrero, with maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour, according to the United States National Hurricane Center.

The storm is anticipated to strengthen to a Category 2 hurricane with gusts of up to 160 kilometers per hour before passing close to or over Mexico's west-central coast on Saturday and Sunday night.

According to the hurricane center's warning, the storm will bring high gusts, a potentially deadly storm surge, and might cause flash flooding and landslides along Mexico's southwest coast's rocky terrain.

Puerto Vallarta is a popular vacation resort in Mexico. Mexico's National Civil Protection Coordination, for its part, warned of heavy rainfall in Guerrero, extremely heavy rains in Michoacán, and heavy rains in Jalisco and Colima.

It is false that Vallarta's beaches are infested with crocodiles after hurricanes

After the passage of category 1 hurricane Nora, last year, the bodies of water where most of the crocodiles in Banderas Bay live practically overflowed, however, there is no major risk for people and it is false that all crocodiles are loose in the sea.

Especially the Boca Negra area, where some crocodiles of considerable size live, was one of the places where some crocodiles were dragged into the sea. But the number of crocodiles that can be on Puerto Vallarta beaches is minimal since adult crocodiles take refuge when weather conditions are not favorable and are not dragged into the sea.

Some crocodiles have been dragged to the sea by the flooding of the rivers, however, the adults usually take shelter in time and do not roam loose in the sea.

Some crocodiles are indeed on the beaches of Vallarta, as they live in rivers whose riverbeds have grown considerably and were swept away, but it is completely false that the beaches of Vallarta are infested with crocodiles after the passage of hurricane Nora last year. Citizens and visitors are advised to keep a minimum distance of 10 meters in case they see a crocodile and call 911 immediately so it can be captured and returned to its natural habitat.

It is important to remember that in all of Banderas Bay there are less than 300 crocodiles and only about 40 are of adult age, the rest are crocodiles of less than one and a half meters and the great majority are less than one meter long. Do not fall into false and alarmist information, the beaches of Puerto Vallarta are not infested with crocodiles.