Hurricane Andres Weakens, Blanca Next?
As one hurricane weakens in the eastern Pacific Ocean, another could be set to quickly take its place – and it could impact the Mexican coast as soon as this weekend.
Tropical Storm Blanca is gradually strengthening as it sits in a near stationary position a few hundred miles off the southwest Mexican coastline. The problem with Blanca, which had maximum sustained winds of 50 miles-an-hour late Monday night, is that it is expected to both strengthen and move roughly parallel to the Mexican coastline, potentially putting it near Cabo San Lucas and the southern Baja California peninsula by Saturday.
Andres, meanwhile, is beginning to weaken as it moves northwestward into the cooler waters of the central Pacific, with its peak winds down to 115 miles-an-hour as of late Monday night. Eventually, Andres, once a potent Category 4 storm, is expected to re-curve towards North America, but it is expected to be little more than a remnant low at that point, although some leftover moisture from the system could feed into an upper-level low expected to impact the southwest U.S. later this week.
The eastern Pacific has gotten off to an active start after its hurricane season officially got underway on May 15th, with two named storms and one major hurricane already in place. The Atlantic’s hurricane season officially got underway on Monday with a quiet start, with no tropical development expected in the Atlantic over the next five days.
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Meteorologist Chris Bianchi