Blas begins to weaken, but remains a major hurricane
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Blas begins to weaken, but remains a major hurricane

  • NOAA / GOES WEST

    These satellite images show Hurricane Blas and an area of thunderstorms to the southeast in the East Pacific this morning. Northwest of Blas are the remnants of former Tropical Storm Agatha.

  • NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER

    This graphic shows the projected path of Hurricane Blas over the next five days.

Hurricane Blas took a turn to the west-northwest and is beginning to weaken as it moves over cooler waters in the East Pacific.

Blas remains a major category 3 hurricane with sustained winds of 125 mph about 1,100 miles west-southwest of Baja California. But the storm is no longer a category 4 hurricane and winds have decreased from 140 mph Tuesday night.

Blas is moving west-northwest at 12 mph and is expected to weaken to below tropical depression strength when it crosses into the Central Pacific Sunday or Monday.

Surf generated by Blas is expected to arrive Friday into the weekend on east shores. The wave heights could reach advisory levels of 8 feet.

Meanwhile, remnants of the first named storm of the season are expected to move near Hawaii this weekend. What’s left of former Tropical Storm Agatha may weaken the tradewinds and bring increased humidity and showers this weekend through early next week.

Blas may follow a similar path, with similar effects on Hawaii’s weather next week. But it is still to early to predict.

An area of thunderstorms behind Blas is expected to develop into a tropical depression in the next two days and will likely become the third named storm of the season. If it reaches tropical storm strength, it will be named Celia.

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