On Thursday, hurricane Blanca was downgraded to a Category 2 storm, decreasing from a Category 4. The National Hurricane Center in Miami confirmed this development.
At around 10:00 a.m. UTC, the hurricane was measured to have maximum sustained winds of 110 mph, down from 140 mph just one day ago. Currently, the storm is heading northwest at three mph, moving closer to Baja California and the western Mexican coast.
As of now, there are no watches or warnings for residents who live in coastal areas. Winds in upwards of 80 mph will affect areas up to 25 miles from the eye of the storm, and tropical storm force winds, which have a speed under 72 mph, will extend at least 140 miles from the center of the hurricane.
For the next 48 hours, hurricane Blanca is predicted to increase its forward speed to reach land by the weekend. Moreover, Blanca should restrengthen before it makes land fall.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), hurricane Blanca will create very dangerous surf and rip currents. The storm will hit the southwestern coast of Mexico within the next 48 hours. There have been no warnings to evacuate the area as of now.
By Alex Lemieux
NOAA: Hurricane BLANCA Public Advisory
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