The authorities of the Mexican state of Baja California today declared themselves in emergency before the affectations and the imminent impact of the tropical storm Rosa, that diminished its force in the cold waters of the Northwest Pacific of Mexico.
The cyclone will make landfall at midnight this day between Punta Baja and San Jose de las Palomas, as long as it maintains the direction and speed of travel that it had today at 6:00 pm (23:00 GMT), according to the forecast of the National Meteorological Service.
After declaring the emergency, the governor of Baja California, Francisco Vega de Lamadrid, said that the forecasts suggest that Rosa could affect around 40,000 inhabitants, in addition to the potential for damages it represents for the road infrastructure.
The coastal populations of San Quintín, El Rosario, Punta Coronel, Cedros, Vicente Guerrero and San Felipe, in Baja California, may be the most affected by the passage of Rosa, which will arrive with gusts of wind of up to 65 kilometers per hour.
By tomorrow, Rosa will continue her displacement over Baja California and Sonora, causing heavy to very heavy rains in these two states, as well as intense rains in Chihuahua to enter after midday in Arizona (United States).
In the Mexican state of Sonora, Rosa is expected to affect the municipalities of San Luis Río Colorado, Puerto Peñasco, Caborca, Plutarco Elias Calles, Pitiquito, Hermosillo and Altar with intense punctual storms, said the Meteorological.
Since hours before touching the coasts of Baja California, Rosa has already caused heavy rains in the regions of Ensenada, San Quintín, Cedros and in the San Felipe Valley, where throughout this Monday there has been an intense rainfall .
The rains reach the category of very strong to punctual intense (75 to 150 millimeters) in Baja California Sur, Baja California and in Sonora; there are strong storms to strong punctures (50 to 75 mm) in Sinaloa and in Chihuahua and showers (25 to 50 mm) in Durango.
The Civil Protection authorities of Mexico maintain a surveillance zone that extends along some 470 kilometers of coastline, from Cabo San Quintín to Punta Abreojos, in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur.
Meanwhile, the Secretariats of the National Defense (Sedena) and Navy (Semar) continue with the preventive implementation of emergency plans DN-III and Marina in the San Felipe region, on the eastern coast of Baja California, reported Civil Protection .
The agency indicated that as part of these preventive measures, personnel of the Mexican Navy have proceeded to remove the objects that can obstruct the natural passage of water through the Santa Catarina stream, also in San Felipe.
Before the passage of the cyclone the state authorities ratified the suspension of classes at all levels for this October 2 in schools in Mexicali, the San Felipe Valley and in southern Ensenada.
By October 3, when the cyclone is expected to stop affecting the state, higher education schools will be able to resume classes, although the suspension will remain at basic levels, the Baja California government reported.
The cyclone Rosa was formed last September 25 about 660 kilometers southwest of Manzanillo and 470 kilometers south-southeast of Isla Socorro, both in the state of Colima, and throughout the days reached the category 4 of the scale Saffir-Simpson.
Rosa is the seventeenth cyclone that forms in the current hurricane season in the Pacific, which runs between June and November, although it does not mean that they are not formed on other dates.
The forecasts for this season in the Pacific provided for the formation of 18 tropical storms, six hurricanes of which four would reach a higher category.