First tropical storm forms in Eastern Pacific

Published On: May 15 2013 11:10:00 AM HST



Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center says a tropical depression in the Eastern Pacific has turned into the first tropical storm of the season on Wednesday.

This was the first day of the hurricane season for the Eastern Pacific.

The Central Pacific hurricane season, which Hawaii is a part of, starts on June 1.

Tropical Storm Alvin is 665 miles south-southwest of Acapulco, Mexico as of 11 a.m. HST Wednesday.

Maximum sustained winds are at 40 mph.  It is moving west-northwest at 13 mph.

Forecasters say the storm is expected to strengthen during the next 48 hours and could become a hurricane in a couple of days.

Right now, the storm is not a threat to Hawaii.

KITV4 Weather will continue to monitor the storm as it moves across the Pacific.

Honolulu's Department of Emergency Management is encouraging everyone to get prepared as Hawaii's hurricane season is just around the corner.

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