Hurricane Blanca weakens to Category 2 storm

Author: Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) – Hurricane Blanca has weakened slightly to a Category 2 storm as it swirls in the eastern Pacific off Mexico’s coast.

The hurricane’s maximum sustained winds decreased to near 100 mph (161 kph) on Thursday but the U.S. National Hurricane Center says some re-strengthening is expected during the next day or so.

Blanca is centered about 435 miles (700 kilometers) south of Manzanillo, Mexico, and is moving toward the northwest. It was 760 miles (1,223 kilometers) south of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

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, Andres lost strength and became a remnant low.

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