Hurricane Blanca Off Mexico Coast Intensifies to Category 4

The forecast path of Hurricane Blanca. (Photo: AccuWeather.com)
The forecast path of Hurricane Blanca.
(Photo: AccuWeather.com)

Hurricane Blanca intensified into a Category 4 storm off the Mexican coast Saturday, but is expected to weaken before it nears land late Sunday.

The system is now packing 130-mph winds, and tropical storm warnings and hurricane watches have been issued along the Pacific coast of Mexico, including for Cabo San Lucas, Santa Fe and La Paz.

The storm is expected to dump 6 to 10 inches of rain, with isolated amounts of 15 inches over much of the Baja California Sur, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Blanca is expected to weaken to a tropical storm before making landfall well north of Cabo San Lucas and near Puerto San Carlos either Sunday night or early Monday morning, AccuWeather reported.

It’s the earliest on record that two major hurricanes have formed in the Eastern Pacific since 1971, AccuWeather reported. Hurricane Andres became this season’s first major storm on Sunday. It strengthened to a Category 4 but was never a threat to land.

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SOURCE: USA Today –┬áKatharine Lackey

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