Hurricane Blanca strengthens; Andres weakens; no land threat

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Posted: Jun 03, 2015 10:43 PM

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Andres continues to weaken in the eastern Pacific while Hurricane Blanca's winds gain strength, making it a Category 4 hurricane.

Neither storm posed a threat to land Wednesday, with no watches or warnings in effect.

Andres' maximum sustained winds decreased to 60 mph (95 kph). The storm is centered about 1,015 miles (1,635 kilometers) west of the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula. It's moving northwest at 6 mph (9kph). Andres should become a tropical depression by Thursday.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Blanca strengthens. Maximum sustained winds are 140 mph (220 kph), making Blanca a major hurricane classified as Category 4. Blanca is centered about 465 miles (745 kilometers) south-southwest of Zihuatanejo, Mexico, and is stationary.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Blanca will strengthen over the next two days. On Thursday, it's expected to moved north-northwest with an increase in speed. Swells are expected to begin affecting Mexico's coast over the next few days.