Last Updated: Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Tropical Storm Blanca expected to become hurricane later today


Tropical Storm Blanca is forecast to rapidly strengthen and become a hurricane later today.

At 10:00 am CDT (15:00 UTC), Tropical Storm Blanca was located 605 km SSW of Zihuatanejo and about 655 km S of Manzanillo, Mexico.

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Blanca is currently stationary, and little motion is expected for the next 48 hours, The U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

The storm’s maximum sustained wind early Tuesday was near 70 mph (110 kph).  Tropical Storm Blanca is forecast to be near major hurricane strength on Wednesday.

Swells generated by Blanca will begin affecting portions of the coast of southwestern Mexico during the next couple of days.

Meanwhile, Andres has already became the first hurricane of the 2015 Eastern North Pacific Hurricane Season. The swells generated by Hurricane Andres are affecting the west coast of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula.