HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A new tropical storm has formed in the East Pacific, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Forecasters are now tracking Tropical Storm Lane, located about 1,235 miles southwest of the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico, or a distant 2,187 miles away from Hilo.
At around 5 a.m. Wednesday, it was moving toward the west near 14 mph and had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph.
Lane is expected to become a hurricane on Friday and could become a major hurricane on Saturday, forecasters say.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the center.
It's still unclear how or if this storm will affect the Hawaiian islands as it is still too far away to tell.
This story will be updated.