MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Blanca is forecast to rapidly strengthen and become a major hurricane later this week over the eastern Pacific.
The storm's maximum sustained winds early Tuesday are near 50 mph (85 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm is expected to become a major hurricane by Wednesday night or early Thursday.
Blanca is centered about 365 miles (585 kilometers) southwest of Zihuatanejo, Mexico, and is moving west around 1 mph (2 kph). A slow and erratic motion is expected over the next few days.