Baja California, Mexico – Category 4 storm Hurricane Blanca is spinning in the eastern Pacific Ocean with 140 mph winds.
According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm was situated about 465 miles south of Manzanillo as of 5:00 p.m. Wednesday.
Although the hurricane is almost stationary, the Weather Channel expects it will begin moving northwestward on Thursday with an increasing confidence it will shift toward Baja California. The storm is expected to weaken as it makes it way toward land.
“Swells generated by Blanca will begin affecting portions of the coast of southwestern Mexico during the next couple of days,” the hurricane center said.
“These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.”
Blanca is the second major hurricane system to form already this year in the Pacific. A major hurricane is one that is categorized as a 3, 4 or 5 on the Saffir-Simpson Scale of hurricane intensity.
Tropical Storm Andres, which was categorized as a major hurricane only a few days ago, has decreased to about 60 mph winds and is expected to continue weakening. Andres is located about 1,015 miles west-southwest off the tip of Mexico’s Baja peninsula and poses no threat to land.
It’s expected that the impact of Hurricane Blanca will makes itself known to the Baja region by this weekend.