MIAMI (AP) - Forecasters say Tropical Storm Andres has formed off the southwestern coast of Mexico, becoming the first named
storm of the season in the Eastern Pacific.
The government of Mexico has issued a tropical storm watch from Zihuatanejo northward to Manzanillo.
The National Hurricane Center says the center of the storm as of 2 a.m. EDT Monday was about 200 miles (325 km) south of Zihuatanejo and 330 miles (530 km) south-southeast of Manzanillo.
Andres is moving slowly toward the west-northwest near 5 mph (7 kph). Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph (65 kph) with higher gusts.
Forecasters said the storm system could bring heavy rainfall to southwestern areas of Mexico over the next two days.