Andres Weakens; Hurricane Blanca Strengthens Southwest of Mexico
By By Brian Thompson, Meteorologist
June 03, 2015, 7:46:27 AM EDT
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Andres has begun to weaken over the eastern Pacific, but a new threat has developed closer to Mexico.
Andres became a tropical storm Thursday in the eastern Pacific, becoming the first tropical storm of the eastern Pacific season, which runs from May 15 to Nov. 30.
Andres strengthened significantly on Sunday, reaching major hurricane status, but has started to weaken as the storm tracks to the west into an area of cooler ocean water well to the southwest of Baja California.
Andres is expected to stay well away from the Mexican coastline. However, there will still be higher surf and an increased risk for rip current early this week along the coast of Baja California and western Mexico. This includes the cities of San Carlos, Cabo San Lucas and Mazatlan.
As of Wednesday morning, Andres was downgraded to a Tropical Storm, whereas Hurricane Blanca strengthen to a category 2 hurricane. Blanca is expected to continue to strengthen into a major hurricane during the day in Saturday.
Blanca will have a greater chance to bring direct impacts to Mexico as it strengthens throughout the end of the week.
The storm will meander off the coast of southern Mexico for the next 48 hours before moving northwestward during the second half of the week.
The expected track will take this tropical system parallel to the Mexico coastline, keeping the worst conditions well offshore; however, large surf and dangerous rip currents will increase along the coast of Mexico from Acapulco to near Puerto Vallarta.
While the heaviest rain will remain offshore, the increase in moisture will lead to enhanced showers and thunderstorms across parts of Guerrero, Michoacan, Colima and Jalisco. Flooding is expected to be localized.
In the longer range, a track toward Baja California is expected; however, tracking over cooler waters would likely result in significant weakening before any landfall were to occur. Regardless, there will be an increased risk for showers and thunderstorms across the southern Baja this weekend and early next week.
Meteorologists Eric Leister and Chyna Glenn contributed to this story.
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