Blas formed as a tropical storm on June 14th, 2022 south of southwestern Mexico in the Eastern Pacific. Over the next few days, Blas traveled nearly parallel to the Mexico coastline, becoming a hurricane on June 15th. Hurricane Blas reached its peak intensity on June 17th, with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph.
Blas continued moving northwest, venturing over cooler waters. On June 20th, Blas weakened to a tropical depression, transitioning to a post-tropical cyclone later that day.
Puerto Escondido in the Oaxaca state closed to navigation preemptively in light of the storm. 17 towns in the region were cut off due to downed trees, landslides and collapsed bridges. Damage to over 100,000 homes was reported.
Satellite animations of this event:
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Full Day Evolution of Hurricane Blas
A full day evolution of Hurricane Blas.
Product: Visible (band 2)
Blas Strengthens into a Hurricane
Blas strengthens to a category 2 hurricane in the Eastern Pacific.
Tropical Storm Blas Swirls South of Mexico
Tropical Storm Blas gradually drifting north in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
Deep Convection within Tropical Storm Blas
The sun rises on deep convection within Tropical Storm Blas.
Product: Infrared (band 11), Visible (band 2)