ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The first tropical cyclone of the year has developed and, good news, it's not in the Atlantic. Even better news: This system will not affect any land.
Tropical Storm Andres officially formed Sunday hundreds of miles southwest of Mexico in the eastern Pacific Ocean, according to the National Hurricane Center. Earlier in the day, the system was Tropical Depression One-E.
Andres is the earliest named storm on record in the eastern Pacific.
It's actually an early start to the hurricane season on that side of the globe. While the Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1, the eastern Pacific hurricane season starts May 15 given now is about the time of year cyclones begin to develop.
Andres is a 40-mph storm moving to the northwest at a measly 6 mph, according to the hurricane center's 11 a.m. Sunday advisory. It is forecast to weaken on Monday.
No direct impacts to land are expected.
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