Blas becomes first hurricane of season in East Pacific
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Blas becomes first hurricane of season in East Pacific

  • NASA This visible image of Agatha was captured by the MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite on Sunday.
  • NASA/ NOAA GOES WEST Tropical Storm Blas formed in the Eastern Pacific Ocean overnight, after Tropical Storm Agatha, which is spinning northwest of Blas.
  • NASA This visible image of Blas was captured by the MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite on Sunday.
  • NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER The National Hurricane Center expects Blas to intensify into a major category 3 storm by Wednesday, before weakening later in the week.

Blas gained strength Monday in the East Pacific, becoming the first hurricane of the season.

The category 1 hurricane, about 805 miles southwest of Baja California, was strengthening with sustained winds of 100 mph and moving west-northwest at 14 mph at 8 p.m. today.

Blas is expected to continue to intensify and may become a major, category 3 storm on Tuesday. It’s expected to weaken later in the week as it approaches the Central Pacific and moves over cooler waters.

Meanwhile, another storm in the East Pacific weakened.

Agatha, north of Blas, weakened to a remnant low.

Agatha had sustained winds of 35 mph Monday afternoon and was moving west at 12 mph about 1,345 miles west of Baja California.

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