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Carnival Miracle Avoids Tropical Storm Blanca

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Carnival Cruise Line | Theresa Norton | June 08, 2015

Carnival Miracle Avoids Tropical Storm Blanca

Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Miracle changed its itinerary this week to avoid Tropical Storm Blanca, which was weakening as it lashed Baja California and the popular Cabo resort area.

The storm was downgraded from a hurricane as its maximum sustained winds decreased to near 40 mph with higher gusts, according to the National Hurricane Center. Additional weakening is forecast during the next day or so, and Blanca is expected to degenerate into a remnant low by Tuesday.

The Carnival Miracle, which departed Long Beach, Calif., on Saturday, will remain at sea today and Tuesday, instead of making its scheduled two-day call at Cabo San Lucas. The ship instead plans to make an overnight call there on Wednesday and Thursday, skipping a scheduled visit to Puerto Vallarta on Wednesday. It will spend Friday at sea on its way back to Long Beach. It called at Ensenada on Sunday.

The government of Mexico discontinued the Tropical Storm Warning for the southern Baja California peninsula south of La Paz and south of Santa Fe. But a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for La Paz to Loreto and Santa Fe to Punta Abreojos, while a Tropical Storm Watch was in place for north of Loreto to Mulege.

Blanca was moving toward the north-northwest about 15 mph and was expected to move near or over portions of southern and central Baja California peninsula Monday and Tuesday. About 3 to 5 inches of total rainfall was expected to fall over much of Baja California Sur and the southern half of the state of Baja California, with isolated maximum amounts of 8 inches over Baja California Sur, the hurricane center said. There was an unofficial rainfall total of 5.18 inches reported at Loreto. These rains could produce life-threatening flash floods and mud slides. Rainfall associated with Blanca will begin to affect the Southwestern U.S.


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