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Hurricane Blanca weakens slightly to Category 3 storm

Hurricane Blanca weakens slightly to Category 3 storm in eastern Pacific off Mexico's coast

Hurricane Blanca weakens slightly to Category 3 storm

MIAMI (AP) -- Hurricane Blanca has weakened slightly to a Category 3 storm as it swirls in the eastern Pacific off Mexico's coast.

The hurricane's maximum sustained winds decreased to near 125 mph (205 kph) early Thursday but the U.S. National Hurricane Center says some re-strengthening is expected during the next day or so.

Blanca is centered about 490 miles (790 kilometers) south of Manzanillo, Mexico, and has been drifting southwest. But it's expected to begin moving northwestward later in the day.

Swells from the hurricane will begin affecting Mexico's southwestern coast and are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

Meanwhile, farther out over the Pacific, Tropical Storm Andres is quickly losing strength and is expected to become a remnant low by Thursday night or early Friday.


Updated : 2021-09-18 14:40 GMT+08:00