Hurricane Blanca is predicted to hit Baja California this weekend as a Category 4 storm cell, registering a maximum sustained wind speed of 140 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. On Wednesday, at around 5:00 p.m. EST, the hurricane was revolving in the eastern Pacific Ocean, about 465 miles south of the western Mexican coast.
According to meteorologists, hurricane Blanca is currently sitting still, but will advance towards the West Coast and down into Mexico on Thursday. Though, the National Hurricane center has predicted that the storm cell will follow its current path towards Baja California, weakening as it moves closer to land.
Swells are expected to affect coastal regions of southwestern Mexico by the end of the week. Moreover, the center cautions residents to prepare for a massive storm, as the hurricane will most likely cause dangerous surf and rip currents. The storm is located approxiamtely 1,015 miles west-southwest of the Baja California peninsula.
Following Andres, hurricane Blanca is the second major storm cell to form over the Pacific this year. This major hurricane is set to make landfall, unlike Andres. Hurricane Andres was upgraded from a tropical storm to a hurricane after its maximum sustained winds reached over 72 mph.
Meteorologists predict that hurricane Blanca will not bring damage and destruction along the coastal areas of Mexico. Though, as a Category 4 hurricane, resident of the areas that may be affected should prepare in accordance with what local authorities claim is the best possible plan.
By Alex Lemieux
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