Tropical storm Blas became a category 1 hurricane on Wednesday near the Mexican Pacific coast, reported the United States National Hurricane Center (NHC).
The NHC said that blah It is located 485 km from the port of Manzanillo, in the Mexican state of Colima (west), and has maximum sustained winds of 120 km/h.
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It is moving at 7 km / h towards the waters of the Pacific Ocean in the northwest, a trend that will continue in the coming days, detailed the NHC.
The institute added that a strengthening of the hurricane in the next 24 hours followed by a weakening towards the end of the week.
Earlier, the Mexican meteorological service said that heavy rains are forecast in the states of Guerrero (south) and Michoacán (west).
“The population of the aforementioned states is urged to heed the warnings of the meteorological service and follow the indications of the state, municipal and Civil Protection authorities,” he said in a statement.
blah It is the second hurricane of the 2022 season in the Mexican Pacific after the passage of Agatha, which hit the southern state of Oaxaca, leaving nine dead and four missing.
Mexico Every year it suffers the onslaught of tropical cyclones both on its Pacific and Atlantic coasts, usually between May and November.
In October 1997, Hurricane Paulina hit the Mexican Pacific coast as hurricane 4 leaving more than 200 dead, with the states of Oaxaca and Guerrero being the most affected.