Tropical storm Celia forms in the Pacific Ocean; Blas heads for the sea

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MEXICO CITY – Tropical Storm Celia erupts near Central America on Friday as Hurricane Blas hits the offshore coast of Mexico’s South Pacific coast.

The tropical storm is expected to remain off the coast of El Salvador and Guatemala over the weekend before heading off from land next week. This can lead to heavy rainfall in already irrigated Central American countries.

But the US National Hurricane Center warned that “heavy rains are likely over parts of Central America, no matter how close to the coast the forecast winds will reach with the force of tropical storms.”

Authorities in El Salvador say half a dozen people have died in a week from rains affecting Blas and other weather systems.

The Hurricane Center said Celia had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 km / h) and was about 145 miles (235 km) south of San Salvador. It was moving north-northeast at a speed of 3 mph (6 km / h).

On Friday, Blas was about 320 miles (515 km) west-southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico with maximum steady winds of 90 miles per hour (150 km / h) and was moving west-northwest at 14 mph (22 km). / h).

The hurricane was carrying a dangerous surf to shore. The region was hit when Hurricane Agatha came ashore near Puerto Angel on May 30.

Forecasters expected Blas to start losing weight on Saturday as it stays above open water and moves further into the Pacific Ocean.

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