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Tropical Storm Alvin becomes first named storm of 2019 hurricane season

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    Tropical Storm Alvin, the East Pacific’s first named storm in the 2019 hurricane season, is expected to weaken and dissipate later this week.

UPDATE: Wednesday, 5:30 a.m.

Tropical Storm Alvin became the first named storm of the East Pacific’s 2019 hurricane season this morning but the storm is expected to dissipate later this week, far from the Central Pacific.

As of 5 a.m. in Hawaii, Alvin was 450 miles southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico, with sustained maximum winds of 40 mph which makes it a weak tropical storm. The storm was moving west at 14 mph.

“Some additional strengthening is forecast during the next day or so. Weakening is forecast to begin on Friday, and Alvin is expected to become a remnant low on Saturday,” the National Hurricane Center said this morning.

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The first tropical depression of the 2019 hurricane season has formed off Mexico in the Eastern Pacific, far from Hawaii, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Tuesday.

Tropical Depression One-E was 285 miles south-southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico, as of 5 p.m. (Hawaii time), with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph.

Forecasters expect the storm to strengthen to a weak tropical storm, with 45 mph winds, by Wednesday night as it heads west-northwest, before weakening back to a tropical depression and dissipating by the end of the week.

Hurricane season begins on May 15 in the Eastern Pacific and on June 1 in the Central Pacific, ending on Nov. 30. in both regions.

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