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    This image from NOAA’s GOES-West satellite early this morning shows newly formed Tropical Depression 9C in the Northern Central Pacific Ocean.


    This forecast track shows the potential path for Tropical Depression 9C and the margin of error.

An unusual out-of-season tropical depression formed in the Central Pacific early this morning far southwest of Hawaii.

Tropical Depression 9C could strengthen into a tropical storm by Monday. It’s in an area of warm waters, but the storm is being battered by wind shear and there’s a chance that it will weaken and dissipate.

If the storm survives the wind shear and becomes a tropical storm before it crosses the International Dateline, it will be given the Hawaiian name of Pali.

At 5 p.m., Tropical Depression 9C was about 1,130 miles south-southwest of Johnston Island and about 1,875 miles southwest of Honolulu, moving west-northwest at a slow 5 mph.

Its maximum sustained winds were at about 35 mph.

The storm is the 16th tropical cyclone in the Central Pacific this year and it formed about a month after the official end of hurricane season on Nov. 30.

If it continues on its current path, the storm will likely cross the International Date Line on Tuesday and enter the Northwest Pacific.

It is not a threat to land.

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