Hurricane Rosa weakens rapidly off Mexico

Hurricane Rosa weakens rapidly off Mexico

Hurricane Rosa weakens rapidly off Mexico

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

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.

"Additional weakening is forecast", the Miami-based agency said, with Rosa expected to become a tropical storm by early Monday as it approaches central and northern Baja California, which adjoins the U.S. state of California.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Hurricane Rosa will weaken over the weekend, but its remnants could bring heavy rainfall to the southwestern United States early next week.

The weather service also says that Rosa is generating a large swell that will produce waves in the 3' to 5' range, with sets to 7', in northern-most San Diego County, and larger waves in southern Orange County. It was moving west at 6 miles per hour.

Later next week, Hurricane Rosa is expected to weaken into a tropical depression as it passes over California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado.

Up to 4 inches could fall in Flagstaff, Payson and Prescott through Wednesday.

"A gradual turn toward the west-northwest and northwest is expected on Friday, followed by a turn toward the north on Saturday and a turn toward the north-northeast on Sunday", the NHC said.

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