Posted: Sep 17, 2009 11:10 AM by Associated Press
Forecasters don't expect a significant change in strength for Tropical Storm Marty on Thursday as it swirls in the Pacific off Mexico's coast.
Marty's maximum sustained winds were near 45 mph Thursday morning.
The tropical storm, which formed on Wednesday, is centered about 300 miles southwest of the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula. It's moving north-northwest near 2 mph.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm should begin weakening and fall back to tropical depression status by Friday.
The current forecast track has the storm drifting farther out to sea in the next few days.
The 13th storm of the Pacific season is not forecast to get much stronger.
The Pacific Ocean has been far busier this year than the Atlantic when it comes to storms. Of 16 tropical depressions that have formed so far in the eastern Pacific, six became hurricanes and seven became tropical storms.