Tropical Storm Andres, first named storm of 2015 Pacific Hurricane Season, forms near Mexico

Image source: NOAA
Image source: NOAA

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The first tropical storm of the Eastern Pacific's hurricane season has formed far from Hawaii off the coast of Mexico.

Tropical Storm Andres has sustained winds of 60 mph and is forecast to reach hurricane strength within the next 36 hours.

The current forecast does not have the storm reaching Hawaii or the U.S. mainland before dissipating.

Forecasters say that high surf appears to be the most likely indirect impact along the Baja peninsula this weekend. Some high surf may impact Southern California beaches next week.

Hurricane season for Hawaii and the Central Pacific officially begins Monday, June 1.

On Tuesday meteorologists at the Central Pacific Hurricane Center predicted 5 to 8 tropical cyclones could form in the Central Pacific basin this year. It's the most since the center began holding pre-hurricane season press conferences in the early 2000's.

The outlook is based upon the expectation of El Nino continuing and possibly strengthening as the hurricane season progresses.

Last year the Hurricane Center predicted 4 to 7 storm systems in the Central Pacific. There were five with three back-to-back -- Iselle, Julio and Ana.

"I encourage everyone to become weather-ready by signing up for weather alerts, developing and practicing a family emergency plan, and building an emergency kit before hurricane season begins," said Tom Evans, acting director of NOAA's Central Pacific Hurricane Center. "Now is the time to make sure that you and your family are ready and prepared for the 2015 hurricane season, which starts June 1st.

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