Tropical Storm Blas is expected to become a Category 1 hurricane today

The increase in intensity could turn Tropical Storm Blas into a Category 1 hurricane by noon Wednesday, June 15, according to forecasts from the National Weather Service. The cyclone will cause heavy rains in the central and southern states of the country, being torrential in Guerrero and Michoacán, and intense in Jalisco, Colima and Oaxaca.

Blas is located approximately 265 km south-southwest of Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, and 460 km south-southeast of Manzanillo, Colima. The storm is tracking north-northwestward parallel to the Mexican coast over the Pacific Ocean at a speed of about 9 km per hour.

The storm is not expected to make landfall in Mexico and will begin to move away from the coast as it strengthens.

Blas is moving north-northwest at nearly 6 mph (9 km/h). A northwesterly turn is expected this morning, with a west-northwestward movement expected late today or tonight. Blas is expected to continue moving west-northwest through Thursday.

Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 95 km from the center.

Swells generated by Blas are expected to reach the coasts of southwestern Mexico later this morning. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip conditions. Please check reports from your local weather office.

Mexico will record minimum temperatures of up to -0ºC in Chihuahua, Durango, State of Mexico, Hidalgo, Puebla and Tlaxcala. In contrast, the maximum could exceed 45°C in Baja California and Sonora, and 40°C in Sinaloa, Baja California Sur, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, Tamaulipas, Nayarit, Campeche and Yucatán will be above 35°C.

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