Weakened tropical storm Blanca hits Baja California

Mexico's National Water Commission warned that strong winds, high surf and heavy rains were still possible in parts of Baja California Sur state.
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08/06/2015
11:48
AP
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Tropical Storm Blanca rolled into the Baja California Peninsula on Monday, with rains and high winds expected to lash a wide area even as the system continued to lose strength.

Only recently a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 130 mph (215 kph), Blanca was a tropical storm with winds of 40 mph (65 kph). It was expected to fade to a tropical depression later in the day and a remnant low by Tuesday.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center forecast that rain associated with the storm would begin to fall in the U.S. Southwest later Monday.

A tropical storm warning was lifted for the southern portion of the peninsula including Los Cabos, an area that was battered by Hurricane Odile last September. Local media said there were some flooded streets and scattered power outages in Los Cabos, but there were no immediate reports of major damage.

A tropical storm warning remained in effect from La Paz to Loreto on the peninsula's east coast, and Santa Fe to Punta Abreojos on the west.

Mexico's National Water Commission warned that strong winds, high surf and heavy rains were still possible in parts of Baja California Sur state.

Blanca is the earliest tropical cyclone on record to make landfall on the peninsula, according to the Hurricane Center. It hit near Puerto Cortés and was located about 30 miles (45 kilometers) northeast of Cabo San Lázaro on Monday morning. It was moving to the north-northwest at 15 mph (24 kph)

 

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