By PDC’s Senior Weather
Specialist Glenn James
Tropical Cyclone 02E (Blas)…is located about 225 miles southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico
BLAS CAUSING LARGE SWELLS ALONG PORTIONS OF THE COAST OF SOUTHWESTERN MEXICO
Hurricane Blas Advisory number 12
Hurricane Blas is moving toward the west-northwest near 10 mph (17 km/h) and this motion is expected to to continue over the next few days with some increase in forward speed.
Maximum sustained winds are near 85 mph (140 km/h) with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast during the next 12 hours or so, but steady weakening is expected to begin Friday and continue through the weekend.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles (30 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km).
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
SURF: Swells generated by Blas will continue to affect the southwest coast of Mexico during the next couple of days. The swells are forecast to spread to portions of the southern coast of Baja California by late Friday and continue through the weekend. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.