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New tropical depression forms in Pacific


A new tropical depression has formed in the eastern Pacific
A new tropical depression has formed in the eastern Pacific

Alexandra Pope, staff writer

June 19, 2011 — An intense low off the coast of Mexico has become the second tropical depression of the eastern Pacific hurricane season, prompting severe weather watches.

An overcast dawn in Acapulco. Mexico's Pacific coast could see gusty winds and heavy rain from an organized system expected to become a tropical depression (Photo courtesy webcamsdemexico.com)
An overcast dawn in Acapulco. Mexico's Pacific coast could see gusty winds and heavy rain from an organized system expected to become a tropical depression (Photo courtesy webcamsdemexico.com)

Thunderstorm activity in the system, located 450 kilometers southeast of Acapulco, Mexico, became more intense and organized overnight on Saturday.

By Sunday morning, the system had developed into a tropical depression. Current models show the depression could reach hurricane intensity within 48 hours.

A hurricane watch and tropical storm warning are both in place for parts of Mexico's Pacific coast. Rainfall amounts of up to 200 mm are expected, with isolated higher totals possible in some mountainous areas.

The first hurricane of the eastern Pacific season, Adrian, fizzled out uneventfully last week.

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