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Sep 16, 2009 11:13 AM by Associated Press

Tropical depression forms off Mexico's coast

Forecasters say a tropical depression has formed in the Pacific, off Mexico's western coast.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the depression could reach tropical storm strength sometime Wednesday.

The center of the system is located about 340 miles south-southwest of Cabo San Lucas and moving north-northwest at about 2 mph.

Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph.

The Pacific Ocean has been far busier this year than the Atlantic when it comes to storms, with the latest depression the 16th so far. Of those, six became hurricanes and six became tropical storms.

The Atlantic, meanwhile, has seen seven tropical depressions. Of those, two became hurricanes and four became tropical storms.

 

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