Tropical depression forms in Pacific far off Mexico's coast; first of eastern Pacific season

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MIAMI — The first tropical depression of the eastern Pacific hurricane season has formed far from Mexico's coast.

The depression formed early Thursday and has maximum sustained winds near 35 mph (55 kph). But the U.S. National Hurricane Center says the depression is expected to strengthen to a tropical storm later in the morning and could become a hurricane by late Friday.

The depression is centered about 685 miles (1,105 kilometers) southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico, and is moving west-northwest near 15 mph (24 kph).

The depression is not currently threatening any land.

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