MIAMI >> Tropical Storm Vance is moving slowly in the Pacific far from Mexico’s coast.
The storm’s maximum sustained winds early Friday are near 45 mph with gradual strengthening forecast over the next few days. Forecasters said the storm could become a hurricane.
The storm is centered about 450 miles south of Acapulco, Mexico, and is moving west-southwest near 3 mph.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Vance is not an immediate threat to land.
NASA’s Terra satellite passed over Vance at 12:55 a.m. Eastern time and the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument aboard Terra captured an image that NASA said resembled a pumpkin. High, strong thunderstorms with cold cloud top temperatures that circled the center were false-colored in an orange-red color to create the image.