Hurricane Rosa upgraded to category 4

Terry Joseph
October 1, 2018

A southerly ocean swell originating from Hurricane Rosa is expected to arrive later Saturday, officials said.

The National Weather Service says surf from 6 to 10 feet (1.8 to 3 meters) is possible on Los Angeles and Ventura County beaches as early as Saturday night or Sunday.

Some areas of Los Angeles County could see up to an inch of rain, according to the National Weather Service.

Hurricane Rosa is forecast to bring heavy rain to northwest Mexico and parts of southwest America, prompting storm and flood warnings for areas in its path.

As of late Friday afternoon, Rosa had maximum sustained winds of 120 mph and was about 625 miles southwest of the southern tip of Mexico's Baja peninsula.

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The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) shows the storm moving west at about 12 miles per hour on Thursday before slowing down and turning to the west-northwest on Friday. Rosa was expected to reach Baja California on Monday as a tropical storm.

The forecast for the Prescott area includes more than an inch of rain both Monday and Tuesday, with thunderstorms predicted for both days.

Forecasters warned that swells generated by Rosa will affect portions of the southwestern Mexican coast and southern Baja California into the weekend, causing life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

That kind of rain would be significant for Yuma, which gets only 3½ inches of rain a year on average, Deemer said.

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