Hurricane Rosa heads for Baja, Southwestern US

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Tropical Storm Rosa diminished from a Pacific hurricane over the weekend, but will still bring strong winds and unsafe rip currents to southern California on Monday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

The storm has maximum sustained winds of 50 mph, with tropical-force winds extending about 150 miles from its center.

Hurricane Rosa is heading north from Mexico, bringing widespread heavy rain, flash flooding to southwest US. And a tropical storm watch is in effect for the East Coast of the Baja California peninsula from Bahia de los Angeles to San Felipe, according to the U.S.

Alongside strong winds, Rosa will drop significant rainfall in some parts of the southwestern USA, with Baja California and Sonora set for three to six inches in total. On the forecast track, the center of Rosa will approach the central and northern Baja California peninsula on Monday. It's expected to become a hurricane later Monday and a major hurricane by early Wednesday.

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It is expected to make landfall on the western coast of Mexico late Monday or early Tuesday. Two inches to 4 inches could drop in the Mogollon Rim of Arizona and the rest of the desert Southwest, central Rockies and Great Basin could receive 1 inch to 2 inches. Tuesday will bring our strongest threat of flash flooding but it is certainly possibly sooner.

There are no coastal watches or warnings for Tropical Storm Leslie, which has been meandering in the central Atlantic for the past several days as of the morning of October 1, 2018.

Off the coast of affected areas is the strong possibility of deadly surf, where large swells may impact Baja California peninsula coast and spur rip-current conditions.

Sergio had winds of 65 mph (100 kph) Sunday afternoon and was centered about 550 miles (885 kilometers) south-southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico.

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