Season's First Tropical Depression Forms in Pacific

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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The first tropical depression of the Pacific hurricane season has formed off the coast of Mexico.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said that as of 8 a.m. PDT Thursday, the center of the tropical depression was about 370 miles south-southwest of the Mexican city of Mazatlan.

The depression's maximum sustained winds are near 30 mph. Forecasters say it could strengthen to a tropical storm before nearing the Mexican coast by Friday night or Saturday.

The depression was moving toward the north at about 9 mph and was expected to turn gradually north-northeast late Friday.

Mexican authorities have issued a tropical storm watch for the Pacific coast from Topolobampo south to El Roblito and for Las Islas Marias.

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