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Hurricane Blanca poses threat to Baja peninsula as it gains strength

Hurricane Blanca at 5:45 a.m. Friday | Courtesy NOAA Hurricane Blanca at 5:45 a.m. Friday | Courtesy NOAA
Five-day forecast for Hurricane Blanca | Courtesy NOAA Five-day forecast for Hurricane Blanca | Courtesy NOAA
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Areas of southwestern Mexico will feel the effects of Hurricane Blanca as forecasters say it will strengthen Friday night. A tropical storm or hurricane watch will likely be required for a portion of Baja California Sur later in the day.

The National Hurricane Center said at 5 a.m. Hawaii time, Blanca's maximum sustained winds remained at 100 miles per hour with higher gusts, but some restrengthening is possible over the next 24 to 36 hours.

The category 2 hurricane was located 575 miles south-southeast of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and was moving toward the northwest at 10 miles per hour. A northwestward to north-northwestward motion is expected to continue through Saturday night. It will strengthen Friday night and Saturday, but will gradually weaken beginning Sunday.

Hurricane Blanca is currently sending swells toward the southwest coast of Mexico. Forecasters said the swells could result in life-threatening surf and rip currents.

As for Andres, the former hurricane was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone with sustained winds of 35 miles per hour. It is forecast to weaken into an open trough by Saturday.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service in Honolulu say a swell from Andres could push east shore surf to advisory levels above eight feet during the weekend.

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