1st tropical storm of eastern Pacific season forms

Image courtesy: Department of Emergency Management.
Image courtesy: Department of Emergency Management.

MIAMI (AP) — Forecasters say the first tropical storm of the eastern Pacific hurricane season has formed off the coast of Mexico.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Tropical Storm Alvin formed Wednesday. It had maximum sustained winds of about 40 mph (64 kph) and was moving west at 13 mph (21 kph). It was centered about 665 miles (1070 km) southwest of Acapulco, Mexico.

Alvin could become a hurricane in several days. It isn’t currently a threat to land.

The eastern and north Pacific season began Wednesday and runs through Nov. 30.

The National Hurricane Center says there is typically an average of 15 named storms each season, with four of those considered major hurricanes reaching at least Category 3 strength with top sustained winds of 111 mph (179 kph).

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