Season’s First Pacific Storm May Be Forming Off Mexican Coast

An area of low pressure about 650 miles (1,046 kilometers) south of Acapulco, Mexico, has a 30 percent chance of growing into a tropical system in the next two days, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

If it develops, the system would be the first of the 2013 eastern Pacific hurricane season. A storm gets a name when its winds reach 39 miles per hour and becomes a hurricane when they attain 74 mph.

“Gradual development of this system is possible during the next couple of days as it moves west-northwestward at 10 to 15 mph,” the Miami-based center said in special tropical weather outlook.

The center will begin issuing regular updates on the system tomorrow when the season officially gets under way. The first storm of the year will be named Alvin, the center said.

Last year, 17 storms developed in the ocean off the coast of Mexico.

In the Atlantic, hurricane season begins on June 1.

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