Mexico: Tropical Storm Blas forms off Mexico’s Pacific coast – Times of India


MEXICO CITY: The second tropical storm of the season in the eastern Pacific Ocean formed off the coast of southern Mexico on Tuesday, although forecasters said the land is unlikely to pose a threat.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Tropical Storm Blas could reach hurricane strength late Wednesday before losing strength as it surged into the open ocean.
The storm had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (75 mph) late Tuesday morning and it was centered about 380 miles (615 kilometers) south-southeast of Manzanillo, Mexico. Blas was moving north at 2 mph (4 kph).
The hurricane center said the storm is likely to create dangerous surf conditions along the coast.
The season’s first storm, Hurricane Agatha, made landfall near Puerto Angel in the state of Oaxaca on May 30 with maximum sustained winds of 165 mph. Authorities said it killed at least nine people, and five others are believed to be dead.

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