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Pacific System May Become Season's First Tropical Storm

A tropical depression in the eastern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Mexico is gaining strength and organization and may become the season’s first named storm by tomorrow, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

The system had top winds of 35 miles (56 kilometers) per hour and was about 655 miles south-southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico, as of 5 p.m. East Coast time, according to the center in Miami. It was moving west at about 8 mph, no threat to land.

“The depression is expected to become a tropical storm tonight or on Tuesday,” the center said.

If it becomes a tropical storm, the system will be named Aletta, according to the hurricane center.

The eastern Pacific hurricane season officially starts tomorrow, while the Atlantic storm period begins June 1. Both seasons end on Nov. 30.

Earlier, the hurricane center was also tracking a system near the Azores in the Atlantic. Forecasters now give that weather front no chance of becoming a subtropical storm.

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