Tropical storm Blanca roars towards Mexico’s Baja California

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CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico – Tropical storm Blanca is churning in the Pacific toward Mexico’s Baja California coast, where it is expected to make landfall.

Blanca has maximum sustained winds of 175 kilometers per hour (110 mph).

“The center of Blanca will approach the southwest coast of the Baja California peninsula later today and move near or along the coast tonight and Monday,” the National Hurricane Center said Sunday.

Mexico issued a tropical storm warning from Puerto San Andresito to Punta Abreojos.

By early Sunday, Blanca was about 355 kilometers (220 miles) southwest of Cabo San Lucas, where a hurricane watch is in effect.

“Maximum sustained winds have decreased … with higher gusts,” the hurricane Center said.

Blanca downgraded to a tropical depression.

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