Hurricane Rosa Strengthens to Category 4 Storm

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 low pressure to the northwest could pull moisture as far up as Los Angeles County.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Kirk 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.

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SOURCE: CBS News, The Associated Press