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Hurricane Blanca Is Bearing Down on Baja California Resort Towns

Impacting Travel | Michael Isenbek | June 06, 2015

Hurricane Blanca Is Bearing Down on Baja California Resort Towns

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Hurricane Blanca is about to brush Mexico’s Baha California Peninsula, and has the Pacific coast states of Guerrero, Michoacan, Colima, and Jalisco in its crosshairs, the Associated Press reported.

The storm is currently a Category 3, after strengthening from a Category 1 to a Category 4, then weakening. Authorities told the AP that Blanca is expected to make landfall as a tropical storm Monday, but hurricane-strength outer bands could hit Baja California on Sunday.

Civil Protection director Luis Felipe Puente told the AP that Baja California has 2,000 army troops and 1,321 marines on alert, along with emergency responders and power line technicians.

Puente also said the hotel occupancy rate in Los Cabos is currently 70 percent, and urged tourists to heed any advisories issued by authorities.

The AP said Saturday saw businesses and banks in Baja California covering their windows with boards, and gas lines forming.

As of midday Saturday, Blanca’s winds were near 120 mph, and it was located around 320 miles south of Cabo San Lucas, moving northwest at about 10 mph, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center via the AP.

A hurricane watch is in effect from Cabo San Lucas to Santa Fe, while a tropical storm warning is in effect from Loreto to Puerto San Andresito, including Cabo San Lucas.

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