Tropical Storm Warnings Issued for Most of Central America's Pacific Coast

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) - Authorities have issued tropical storm warnings for much of Central America's Pacific coastline.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says a tropical depression formed off the coast of Costa Rica, the first since the Pacific hurricane season began May 15th.

The depression has winds of 35 miles an hour and was moving north at 6 miles an hour.

The system is located today 75 miles southwest of Managua, Nicaragua.

It's expected to strengthen to a tropical storm within the next day and skirt the coast of Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador. Tropical storm warnings were issued from Costa Rica to El Salvador.

Forecasters said the storm could dump up to 20 inches of rain, threatening flooding and landslides.

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