Hurricane Rosa grows into Category 4 storm Approaches Arizona as Kirk drenches the Caribbean
Hurricane Rosa strengthened in the Pacific west of Mexico on Friday and is expected to increase surf and rip currents along the Southern California coast this weekend. Surf from 6 to 10 feet is possible on Los Angeles and Ventura County beaches as early as Saturday night or Sunday, the National Hurricane Center said.
Orange County may see seas up to 8 feet while surf could reach 5 feet along San Diego County.
Rosa strengthened to Category 4 Friday about 630 miles southwest of San Diego. It's expected to turn north, weaken over several days and make landfall over northern Baja California. Its moisture is expected to bring rain to southeastern California but the low pressure to the northwest could pull moisture as far up as Los Angeles County.
Meanwhile,dropped heavy rain and unleashed flooding as it passed through the eastern Caribbean on Thursday. There were no coastal watches or warnings in effect on Friday.
Officials on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe closed schools on Thursday and Friday as a preventive measure. Rain and thunderstorms were starting to spread across Barbados.
The center said that up to 10 inches of rain could fall in parts of Dominica and Martinique. Forecasters warned of strong winds and said mudslides and flash flooding are possible. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph and was located about 185 miles west-southwest of Martinique. It was moving west-northwest at 13 mph.
In Puerto Rico, which was badly damaged by Hurricane Maria last year and is still recovering from the storm, Kirk was expected to bring between 2 and 4 inches of rain to the eastern part of the island. Forecasters said Kirk was expected to become a tropical depression late Friday and degenerate into a trough of low pressure by Sunday.