Tropical storm Alvin struggles in eastern Pacific

Tropical storm Alvin struggles in eastern Pacific

Forecasters say the first tropical storm of the eastern Pacific hurricane season is struggling off the coast of Mexico.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Tropical Storm Alvin formed Wednesday. As of 5 p.m. Hawaii time, it had maximum sustained winds of about 40 mph and was moving west-northwest at 14 mph.

Forecasters say Alvin's maximum sustained winds have decreased and little change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours. Alvin could degenerate into a low pressure system at any time. The next advisory is released at 11 p.m. Hawaii time.

The eastern and north Pacific season began Wednesday and runs through Nov. 30.

The National Hurricane Center says there is typically an average of 15 named storms each season, with four of those considered major hurricanes reaching at least Category 3 strength with top sustained winds of 111 mph.

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