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Tropical Storm 03E (Blanca) Strengthens Slightly

19.9N 114.6W

July 7th, 2009 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm 03E (Blanca) organizes - July 5th, 2009

Tropical Storm 03E (Blanca) organizes - July 5th, 2009

Track of TS03E - July 7th, 2009 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TS03E - July 7th, 2009

Tropical Storm Blanca formed Monday off western Mexico as the second named storm of the Pacific season, but forecasters have predicted it will follow a course far away from land.

At 8:00 PM PDT (0300 UTC) the center of Tropical Storm Blanca was located about 410 miles (660 km) southwest of the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico, and had strengthened slightly.

The main image shows the area of convection organizing before it became a tropical storm, while the animated image shows the more recent track of the system.

Blanca is moving toward the west-northwest near 10 mph (17 km/hr), and this general motion is expected to continue with some decrease in forward speed during the next 48 hours.

Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph (85 km/hr) with higher gusts. Some additional strengthening is possible within the next 12 hours or so. Thereafter, Blanca is expected to weaken.

Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center. Estimated minimum central pressure is 998 mb (29.47 inches).

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