By PDC’s Senior Weather
Specialist Glenn James
Tropical Cyclone 02E (Blas)…is located about 250 miles south of Manzanillo, Mexico
BLAS MAINTAINING 85 MPH WINDS BUT EXPECTED TO STRENGTHEN SOMEMORE
Hurricane Blas Advisory number 8
Hurricane Blas is moving toward the west-northwest near 6 mph (9 km/h) and this motion is expected to continue over the next several days with some increase in forward speed.
Maximum sustained winds are near 85 mph (140 km/h) with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 24 hours followed by gradual weakening through the end of the week.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles (30 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles (150 km).
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
SURF: Swells generated by Blas are expected to reach the coast of
southwestern Mexico later this morning. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.
>>> Off the coast of Central America:
An area of disturbed weather located a couple of hundred miles south of the coasts of Guatemala and El Salvador is associated with a broad area of low pressure.
Although shower and thunderstorm activity associated with this disturbance remains disorganized at this time, a tropical depression is likely to form in the next couple days while the system drifts erratically.
Environmental conditions are forecast to become less conducive for development over the weekend. Regardless of development, locally heavy rains are possible across portions of El Salvador, Guatemala, and southeastern Mexico during the next several days.
* Formation chance through 48 hours…high…70 percent
* Formation chance through 5 days…high…70 percent