Tropical Storm Blanca becomes hurricane in the eastern Pacific; no threats to land



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MIAMI — Tropical Storm Blanca has become the second hurricane of the eastern Pacific season, but poses no threat to land.

The storm's maximum sustained winds strengthened Tuesday to 75 mph (120 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm is expected to become a major hurricane on Wednesday.

Blanca is centered about 375 miles (605 kilometers) southwest of Zihuatanejo, Mexico, and is currently stationary. A slow and erratic motion is expected over the next few days.

Meanwhile, swells generated by Hurricane Andres are affecting the west coast of Mexico's Baja California peninsula. Andres is headed toward cooler waters, and its maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 85 mph (140 kph) with continued weakening expected.

Andres is centered about 960 miles (1,540 kilometers) southwest of the southern tip of Baja California.

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